Ron Pokrasso
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Ron Pokrasso Statement My artistic development spirals around a need to express, making new discoveries, and continually returning to familiar themes. I have always relied upon things that are close to me, things that speak about the passions in my life and are often derived from day to day experiences. The recent purchase and renovation of a new house and larger studio helped to create a kind of re-invention I had been looking for. With a refreshed energy and a synthesis of old ideas I find myself gravitating again to the figure, landscape, and various icons but with a desire to convey a level of anticipation and mystery. I work by diving in- the passion of creating is vital. Usually there’s a vague general direction, but rarely do I have a clear idea of what will happen. "If I knew where I was going I’d be lost.” Seldom do I try to portray a literal visual meaning. It is more important to allow content to come through me in the working out of a successful composition. This relationship with my art falls somewhere between taking full control and just letting things happen. The result is an exploration of balance between frenzied paint scribbling and the tight rendering of a tree; between the regularity of black and white lettering and a multi-colored paint palette. I like to juxtapose seemingly unrelated or competing elements to create visual and technical contrast. I have a conversation with the piece as it unfolds. As the work takes on its own personality, it lets me know where it needs to go and I attempt to get it there. The work is complete when it stops asking for more AWARDS 2011 First Prize- Artists Portraying Artists: Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery, Windsor, NY 2006 The Best of Scottsdale, Mixed Media: Scottsdale, AZ 2000 Mayors Recognition Award for Excellence in the Arts: Santa Fe, NM 2000 Honorary Prize: 5th World Triennial of Small Prints: Chamalieres, France 1982 Exxon Company USA Purchase Prize: Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ 1982 Charles Brand Presses Award: SAGA 59th National Print Exhibition, New York, NY 1977 Fritz Scholder Purchase Award: 16th National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, IL 1975 Best In Show: The Yellow House Gallery, Huntington, NY 1974 Graduate Fellowship: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 1974 Edna P. Stauffer Memorial Award: National Academy of Design, New York, NY


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