Joseph Palmerio: A Journey with Paint

In the feature gallery

On view: April 1-29, 2016 
Opening reception: Saturday, April 1, 4-7pm
Artists Talk and Painting Demonstration:
Friday, April 28, 11am


Joseph Palmerio
From the open vistas of the Everglades to idyllic towns in southwest France, this exhibition features  landscape paintings created en plein-air throughout the US and abroad over the past two years.

My work is an ever-increasing attempt to simplify and reduce a complex scene to a few strong values to convey a feeling rather than a literal illustration.  I have found the truths in landscape painting are rooted in abstract shapes that reveal themselves. If these truths are not present, no amount of painterly embellishment will enhance the painting. My work is spontaneous, imbued with diversity and depth through confident brush work. Each stroke, borne out of maturity, has become the vehicle by which I express beauty and react to the elements that surround us.

The noted Ashcan painter Robert Henri, once said that “art can be used to bring about change…”.  I believe that by continuing to react to the environment that surrounds us, one can make a valuable contribution to its preservation.


Joseph Palmerio, born in Philadelphia, PA in 1949, has been a resident of Sarasota for the past twenty-four years. He earned his degree in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. He studied art appreciation at the Barnes Foundation, sculpture at the Frudakis Academy and metal sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, all located in Pennsylvania.  He taught painting in community arts centers in Pennsylvania and Colorado, and spent seven years teaching physically challenged adults in Philadelphia. 

Palmerio exhibits throughout the United States. Numerous private and public collections include his works. In 1988, Acme Market Corporation commissioned him to create six large landscapes for their headquarters in Great Valley, PA. In 1989, the City of Philadelphia contracted him to create a 10’ x 30’ mural for the historic Murphy Recreation Center. In 2004, Motivation Inc, hired Palmerio to paint two 12’ x 40’ murals of the Mel Fisher Expedition of Atocha Treasure inside the Orlando International Airport. In 2008, he painted a 10' x 40' mural for the Duval House Bed and Breakfast in Key West, FL.  

Arts on Douglas, a division of the Atlantic Center for the Arts, located in New Smyrna Beach, FL proudly represents Joseph Palmerio. He also exhibits with Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, FL and Cortille Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  In addition, he has been selected as an Artist-in-Residence for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, and the Everglades National Park, FL.  

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