Charles A. Iarrobino – A Shared Market Moment – , 18 x 24
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During a childhood spent primarily in Washington, DC’s northern Virginia suburbs, Charles Iarrobino was, from an early age, enthralled by just about anything that might be referred to as art materials. By his mid-twenties a lifelong attraction to color had found expression in large, abstract paintings, but since moving to northern New Mexico in 1981 the brilliant high desert light dictated a change in the direction of his painting. Years of attempting to capture aspects of that light resulted in an artistic output dominated by landscapes, street scenes and gardens. In the past several decades numerous visits to France and his ancestral home, Italy, have opened the door to a growing range of subject matter, from the small harbors of the south of France to the walkways and canals of Venice. Numerous paintings of cafes and open-air markets are evidence of a growing fascination with human interaction, personal space and body language as well as a continuing appreciation of interior space and exterior architecture.
Living in New Mexico has provided something of a continuing education experience owing to the lessons taught daily not only by the radiant light, but through the cross-pollinating conversations regarding technique and aesthetics that are inevitable in an area teeming with painters. Influenced early on by the Impressionists, Iarrobino was later to find inspiration (as have so many others) in the masterworks of John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Anders Zorn. He owes an additional debt of gratitude to 20th century masters Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn as well as contemporary luminaries such as Quang Ho, Dan McCaw, Jon Redmond, Terry Miura and Ben Aronson – and others too numerous to list.
– Syracuse University 1970 – 1972, Painting & Printmaking -studying under painter Jerome Witkin.
– Virginia Commonwealth University 1972 – 1974. BFA Painting & Printmaking – studying under David Freed, Richard Carlyon & Richard Miller
– Third Place, American Impressionist Society 2017, “Impressions Small Works Showcase”
– Bronze Medal Award, Oil Painters of America 2016 Western Regional Juried Exhibition
– First Place, Oil Painters of America Spring 2016 Online Showcase
– First Place Associate Member, Oil Painters of America Fall 2014 Online Showcase
– Second Place – BoldBrush Painting Competition. April 2014
– FASO Award Of Distinction, 2013 American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibition.
– Gold Medal Award, 2013 Oil Painters Of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition.
– Southwest Art Magazine Award Of Excellence, 2012 American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibition.
– Oil Painters of America, Signature Member
– American Impressionist Society
“The painterly approach I embrace strives for achieving recognizable images in which the paint is celebrated and brushstrokes are not only visible, but are intrinsic to the success of the image. The completed painting, while quite possibly analogous to nature, needs to be inherently faithful to itself.”