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Self-taught artist, Marco Sbrocca is a painter based in Detroit. While his work is heavily influenced on techniques applied by such 19th century artists as Sargent, Bouguereau, and Rembrandt he also finds the approach to art from the Baroque and Renaissance period influential.
The painter, since 2017, inspired by contemporary artists such as Jeremy Mann, Nicola Samori and Francis Bacon studied techniques which amplified emotion through a sense of beauty and horror. Marco finds in studying techniques from the past coupled with the freedom of artistic expression in the present, has best conveyed his goal of fervent thought in the viewer.
Personally, I’m not a fan of giving every single last detail about why I do what I do and for what reason in every single last painting so I’ll keep it short (for you not for me, I could talk all day about this). But with that said, what I’m most concerned with when building a painting is the emotion it can summon up from the viewer. Building a beautiful painting is like building a beautiful house, everything needs to be calculated and studied. From color to anatomy to composition everything needs to have been thought about and played with. While creating disorder is like watching it slowly decay, making it worse, tearing it down, throwing what the masters learned and turning it on its head. You can’t appreciate one without the other. With that said, I think that may be too much information for you, the viewer.
Either way I hope you enjoy the paintings and I hope you find something in them for you. Allowing something a little different into our worlds could never be a bad thing. I think a little more of that would do everyone some good.
Image: A Muse in the Forest, Oil on linen, 29 in x 23 in, 2021