Litchfield artist Jim Laurino recently dropped off several new paintings at Gregory James Gallery, bringing to 13 the number of the artist’s works available to collectors.
Laurino, who paints both in the studio and en plein air, favors a bold style for his evocative landscape paintings that appear faithfully representational at a distance and more painterly—sometimes almost abstract—close-up.
His robust brushstrokes form a meditative exaltation of form and texture, with individual brushstrokes pushed toward abstraction before coalescing as a suite to masterfully depict the transformative effect of light on landscapes and seascapes.
Laurino began painting in his early teens, and eventually studied painting and color theory at the University of Connecticut. He focused at first on marine subjects, and over time turned to landscapes.
“I enjoy working on location. While working en-plein-air is significantly more challenging than in a studio setting, I find that the work produced is less contrived, and richer in content,” the artist says on his website. “Almost all of the studio paintings I execute are done from field work studies.”
His landscapes have accepted into many regional juried exhibitions, including the Academic Artists Association Exhibit (2020-2022), the Bryan Memorial Land-Light-Water & Main street shows (2021), and the Canton CT Artist Guild and Granby Land Trust open juried shows (2017 – 2019).
Laurino has also participated in numerous painting festivals and competitions. In 2021, he received the first place award at the inaugural Perkins Cove plein air competition (Ogunquit, ME), and the same year he was awarded Best of Montgomery Award at the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, where he received the top award in 2020.
For more information and pricing, call gallery owner Greg Mullen at (860) 354-3436.