Rachael's, 2019, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches.
Rachael's depicts the intersection of 19th and Sansom in Philadelphia.
John Attanasio on why and how he paints: "I paint primarily to capture beauty and light based on my observations of people, places and things. As I paint, I often find myself re-living a moment in time or a feeling about the subject.
My preferred method is to paint from direct observation, 'from life'--studio models, still life set-ups, and occasional plein air forays into the city or the countryside. For practical reasons, I often develop my paintings by first photographing a scene, a person or a site for later use as a reference. The instant of making a reference photo is the point at which I begin to exercise creative control over subject matter, point of view and composition. My photograph then serves as a guide to constructing a painting in the studio, where I have greater technical control over the physical painting process than I would outdoors. Sometimes I just use my imagination. My paintings are representational, but my style is flexible: it varies between realist and impressionist styles depending on subject matter and mood. The subjects of my paintings usually reflect an interest in specific people, places or things."
Attanasio discovered painting in 2012 after managing education programs for kids, practicing law, and providing consulting services among other things. He studied painting at Fleisher Art Memorial and Woodmere Art Museum, primarily under artists trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He also studied portraiture at Studio Incamminati, in Philadelphia.
His paintings have been shown in numerous group shows (juried and open) at various Philadelphia venues, including the Philadelphia Sketch Club, The Plastic Club, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the 3rd Street Gallery, Twenty-Two Gallery and others. He has held solo shows at the Philadelphia Sketch Club (April 2016 and April 2019) and at Twenty-Two Gallery (October 2017 and January 2019).