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Tai Chi

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30x30 inch  framed palette knife acrylic on arches board...SHARES APPRECIATED

"...trying to understand is like staring through muddy water..have the patience to wait.Be still and  allow the mud to settle "..Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

January 25, 2022

joseph piccillo’s "Tai Chi" is a wonderfully gestural Abstract Expressionist painting that achieves an enticing balance between color and neutral space and action and restraint. I can't quite tell where the palette knife comes into play (perhaps in gauges to the thick impasto?), but piccillo seems to primarily employ the drip and splatter method favored by Jackson Pollack. The forms appear to have exploded onto the canvas instead of being applied with careful brushstrokes. It is inherently improvisational and frenetic; dashes and drips of paint overlay a center that recalls Sam Francis’s early work. Had piccillo not restrained his mark-making to the center or indulged in a kaleidoscopic color scheme, the painting would be overcrowded and overwhelm the viewer. Instead, he maintains a harmonious and unobtrusive palette that draws the viewer in and brings the action of the splatters to life.

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joseph piccillo
joseph piccillo Creator

January 26, 2022

thank you for generous comments. It is all done by pa;ette knife ondirectly on canvas.Stealing a watercolor dry brush technique.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

January 26, 2022

That's fascinating! painterly intentionality that comes off as gestural and spontaneous!

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joseph piccillo
Abstraction, Figurative
Painting - Framed
Acrylic, Canvas
30.00 inches wide
30.00 inches tall
1.00 inches deep
25.00 lbs
Doylestown, PA, US