I am a representational artist who focuses on interpersonal relationships. Each painting, though simple in its use of a one- or two-figure composition, builds to a larger, complex narrative where each character struggles to find themself or the one that will make them complete. My paintings express the emotions, energy, and strength underlying my experiences as an artist, a husband, and a father. I use oil-based pigments, applying them to oak panels. I prepare the panels by hand, priming them with a marble dust and glue ground, sanded to a silky-smooth finish. I paint with traditional Italian and Flemish techniques, layering thin glazes of oil paint like the Old Masters. The end result is a glowing, vibrant surface, with richness and depth. I graduated with a B.F.A. in painting and an art history minor from Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and spent a summer semester abroad in Todi, Italy, where I was introduced to masterworks by Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi, my major source of inspiration. In 2003 I was honored to represent the United States at the Florence, Italy, Bienniale. My work has been featured at the Salmagundi Art Club, Allentown Art Museum, Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Hoyt Institute of Art, State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Reading Public Museum
Biography: Eric Armusik is a skilled portrait and figure painter. His paintings have been displayed in galleries and museums in Philadelphia, New York, and Florence, Italy. His skills are appreciated by critics and patrons because of his ability to combine technical brilliance with elaborate drama and emotion in both his figures and their settings. Armusik attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a B. F. A. in painting, with and a minor in an art history focusing on Baroque art. He spent one semester studying painting and art history in Italy. The rare opportunity to view masterworks by Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi had a profound effect on the direction and quality of his work. To date the artist’s work has been featured in such galleries and museums as the Salmagundi Art Club, New York; Allentown Art Museum; Philip and Muriel Berman Art Museum, Ursinus College; Monsoon Galleries; Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts; State Museum of Pennsylvania; and Reading Public Museum. His paintings are in the permanent collections of The Trenton City Museum, Lehigh Valley Hospital and several private collections and his work has also been prominently featured in publications like American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Victorian Homes, Old House Journal, ArtMATTERS, Morning Call, Reading Eagle and William and Mary Review.
Country: United States
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