Featured Artist Joseph Bellofatto

Describing himself as “The Storyteller Artist,” Joseph Bellofatto creates intricate images in oil and graphite that evoke emotion, place and time. Learn more by visiting his website.

 

“Rapunzel” Oil, 18” x 24” by artist Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rapunzel” Oil, 18” x 24”

 

I have been creating pictures since I was first able to hold something in my hand that allowed me to draw. The types of images which have most captured my imagination are those of beauty and mythology. Who is not attracted to beautiful images?

 

“Tristan & Isolde” Oil, 20” x 29” by artist Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Tristan & Isolde” Oil, 20” x 29”

 

Personally, I find myself drawn to images with a narrative that expresses a variety of human values. When I was young, I found myself captivated by the stories told in comic books, pulp novels and mythology.

 

“Gaia” Graphite, 14” x 12” by artist Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Gaia” Graphite, 14” x 12”

 

Here I found the heroic, the tragic, valor and betrayal, light and dark. In many cases, these stories were illustrated by talented artists. I found great beauty in their work.

 

“Drowning in Sorrow” Oil, 18” x 12”by artist Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Drowning in Sorrow” Oil, 18” x 12”

 

I was fortunate, through my years of artistic development, to have teachers that encouraged the pursuit of my artistic interests and expressions.

 

“Resurrection Angel” Graphite, 16” x 22”by artist Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Resurrection Angel” Graphite, 16” x 22”

 

With this support came instruction in the classical approach (in history and techniques) to the arts. Through this, I discovered similar imagery created by various artists all through the ages.

 

“Vulcan” Oil, 23” x 24” by artist Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Vulcan” Oil, 23” x 24”

 

It made me realize, however, the necessity of continually improving my craft and taking a more dedicated approach in the design and rendering of the ideas that came to me in the mind’s eye. In my education, I saw the evolving trail of artistic creation dating back to antiquity. It was my desire to help extend it as those before me had done.

 

“Hall of the Gods” 24” x 18”Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hall of the Gods” Oil, 24” x 18”

 

Over the years, I have explored various mediums attempting to find those that were best suited to my own self-expression. The greatest artistic pleasure I discovered was in the challenges presented by oil paints, with the simple pencil continuing to contribute to the foundation of all my work.

 

“The Temptation of Eve” Graphite, 28” x 22”Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Temptation of Eve” Graphite, 28” x 22”

 

Much satisfaction came in the realization that these were the most popular tools used by many of the artists I had come to admire going back centuries.

 

“Fallen” Oil, 13” x 19” Joseph Bellofatto. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Fallen” Oil, 13” x 19”

 

Every day I seek to build upon the understanding of these tools while attempting to master their potential, along with my own, as an artist. This road of artistic creation is endless, and I will never tire in attempting to contribute my part in its form and construction.

 

Artist Joseph Bellofatto in his studio. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Joseph Bellofatto in his studio.

 

Art is my life and I believe it to be the most human of all humanly endeavors.

 

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