Artist Official Entries

Rodney Durso

New York NY USA
My work is a mix of many things, and created in a number of ways. Sometimes viscerally, with brush in hand, fueled by loud music, emotion and caffeine — at other times it’s more meditative, working in a deliberate fashion. Either way, my work pulls from feelings, influences and ideas from current events, design, architecture, and music. In fact, I have always been influenced by these many areas and disciplines, especially in their abstract form. For example, I see the works of Miro, Kandinsky and Klee in the same light as bebop jazz, or progressive architecture, all expressing similar ideas, but in different mediums. In my view, it all comes from a similar place in the psyche of the artist. I very much connect with that idea, and as an artist, designer (and musician) my brain works in that way. I also find calm and inspiration in the shape and form of good design; whether it’s product, or graphic and industrial design, and I often bring that level of organization, methodology and hierarchy into my work. Currently, I work in collage, acrylic and photo transfer on limestone clay, custom wood boxes and paper in a variety of sizes. My professional background is graphic design, which orients me towards line, color, shape and typography. As I work on a piece, a story organically unfolds, a narrative comes to life, and thrives by not having the rigid, practical constraints of my former design practice. Instead, I find balance in the free-form and unstructured, using nonsensical bits of text, symbols, and blobs of colors and collage without purpose other than to elicit feeling. Hopefully then, I’m left with something that excites and motivates me to create more, dig deeper, yielding something beautiful and thoughtful. Finally, part of my process is the naming each piece, or series of pieces, and as a lover of words and language, I often feel that a piece or series is not complete until its name is crafted. The language, the words and the name come directly from what I see and sense in the work, though the themes that I keep coming back to involve exploration of self, self reflection and inner discovery. I sometimes think that every piece is a kind of self portrait, even the scribbles, spots, arrows, squares and circles. They all say something about me and my love of visual art, organization of the page and the deep connection I feel to color and form.
© Rodney Durso | Divide By Five 8612
2018 Painting | Divide By Five
Acrylic on Canvas, 48 by 60 inches, 2007
USD $5,000
© Rodney Durso | Into Thin Air 8613
2018 Painting | Into Thin Air
Acrylic on Canvas, 48 by 48 inches, 2007
USD $4,000
© Rodney Durso | Prince of Kings 8614
2018 Mixed Media | Prince Of Kings
Mixed media and photo transfer collage on paper, 14.5 by 10.5, 2015
USD $900
© Rodney Durso | Rush and Unreadied 8615
2018 Mixed Media | Rush And Unreadied
Mixed media and photo transfer collage on paper, 14.5 by 10.5 inches, 2015
USD $900