Come celebrate the opening reception of Cody Pryseski's SOLO exhibit on Thursday January 7th from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. His work will be viewable for the month of January during our gallery hours and there will be a closing reception on Sunday January 31st from 2pm to 5pm.
Cody Pryseski is a Baltimore based artist specializing in portrait and figurative oil painting.
He takes a humanist approach to painting, believing in the value of classical, traditional training and techniques. Inspiration is key, but then you have to put in the work. His attention to detail and quality compels him to continually re-work his canvases, until he achieves the right mood. The goal is to capture the personality, even the psychology, of his subject.
Willem de Kooning said, “Flesh is the reason why oil painting was invented.” Pryseski uses the impasto technique, thickly lay
ering his figures with oil paint. This bringsadditional texture to the work, allowing for the artist to manipulate the play of light and rendering the figure more expressive.
Pryseski is inspired by Stephen Conroy and Chuck Close (whom he met when he accidentally stumbled into Close’s SoHo gallery). But his work is most stronglyinfluenced by Lucien Freud. Pryseski saw Freud’s’ first U.S. show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1993. The well worn brochure from that show remains in hisstudio today, always close at hand for inspiration.
Pryseski grew up in Lutherville, MD. He graduated from MICA in 1996 with a degree in painting and drawing. He lives in Reisterstown with his wife, two children anddog.
Pryseski maintains a studio in Canton. He welcomesstudio visits andcommissions.