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Joe Papagoda: Myth, Vision and Art in North Haven, CT

Joe Papagoda, an accomplished young artist living and working in North Haven, Connecticut, is gaining greater attention now for blazing new conceptual frontiers.

Fluid and organic, his work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism; Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaller are cited as specific influences. His paintings are paired with poetic titles that create a sense of mystery that encourages the viewer to consider various interpretations. He says, “The artworks are not intended to form any specific depiction and offer a plethora of hidden biomorphic shapes and details to supplement the mind’s creative thought.”

Papagoda envisions his work in three categories: Myths, Visions, and Serenity, each with its own personality. He refers to his paintings as, “Loosely based on the timeless archetype of ancient myths, and evoke an expressive power in lieu of figurative suggestions by combining the intense emotional aspect of color theory with dynamic fluid imagery.”

The New Vision, Myths Series; acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Typically, Papagoda begins by creating a foundation layer of paint applied with a brush with the canvas lying flat on the floor. He then adds a custom mix of fluid acrylics or other mixed media poured, brushed, or sprayed over the foundation layer creating a variety of textures.

The Myths series comprises a dramatic composition in vivid color followed by seven other compositional variations within the same color family. The New Vision illustrates a luminous fluid compositional style:

The Hidden Temple, Visions Series; Mixed media, 24 x 30 inches

By contrast, the Visions Series features four stark heavily textured black and white paintings.  Characteristically, a central composition is created followed by several compositional iterations.  The Hidden Temple conveys the illusion of an entrance to a secret mysterious place.

The Serenity Series illustrates a third color pallet by this versatile artist. The Sake of Serenity is a tall vertical composition commissioned by the Tilden Hotel in San Francisco, CA to create a sense of tranquility. The original painting will be photographically enlarged into a 65 x 35-foot mural that will be visible throughout the entire hotel. The mural installation is scheduled for late 2017.

The Sake of Serenity, Serenity Series; acrylic on canvas, 15 x 30 inches

By any measure this young artist is off to a great start.  In addition to his original paintings, he offers a selection of fine art prints with significant sales nationally and Internationally.  He has exhibited widely, won several awards, and now represented by ArtStar on line gallery.

Visit www.joepapagoda.com for more information.

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