Joseph Pisani Contemporary Artlog

Joseph Pisani Contemporary Artlog

“How to do Everything in Just One Lifetime”

“The Backstory” is an insider’s look at the actual events and inspiration that shaped a particular painting or series. Want to learn more about a particular piece and how it got that exotic title? Then, “Backstory” is your own personal seat inside Pisani’s art studio.

What was the idea behind How to do Everything in Just One Lifetime?
People often ask me about “How to do Everything in Just One Lifetime” as if there is supposed to be a question mark on the end of this title. Well, I never ever intended on putting one there, and I still don’t think it belongs, despite the daunting feat this may imply.

The idea of doing everything came to me in a daydream, while counting birthdays past. I realized that my minutes were quickly blurring into decades, and I hadn’t even noticed that a lifetime was escaping like a swoosh of air from a bright red balloon.

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Memories of Paradise Island, new abstract landscape painting series by Pisani.
Memories of Paradise Island, new abstract landscape painting series by Pisani.

Gallery view of “Memories of Paradise Island”, a new abstract landscape painting series by Pisani based on a trip to El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines. ©Pisani

Memories of Paradise Island is an abstract landscape painting series inspired by a photograph I took while backpacking though the Philippines, quite a few years ago. I just loved the colors and mystical feel of the photo, as well as the wonderful memories it inspires. I took the photo while exploring the amazing deserted islands around El Nido, northern Palawan.

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Here’s to the Times We Took Chances abstract painting by Joseph Pisani

Here’s to the Times We Took Chances, 2011, 130 x 110 cm, acrylic on canvas ©Pisani

“The Backstory” is an insider’s look at the actual events and inspiration that shaped a particular painting or series. Want to learn more about a particular piece and how it got that exotic title? Then, “Backstory” is your own personal seat inside Pisani’s art studio.

What was the idea behind “Here’s to the Times We Took Chances”?
In the mid nineties, fresh out of college, I had the opportunity to join in on a cross-country adventure. Within two days of getting a phone call from Jay, a long-time friend, I was on a south-bound plane. We met in Atlanta, Georgia, chipped in for a rental car, and headed out, across the country.
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Abstract Art Prints: Now available

Abstract Fin Art Prints
©Joseph Pisani. All rights reserved. Pisani Abstract, Fine Art Prints are now available for purchase in both open editions and Limited Editions the are signed and numbered.

©Joseph Pisani. All rights reserved.

Since the opportunity for publicly exhibiting artwork is now prohibited, I, like many of you are faced with the existential reality of the Corona virus. It is with these thoughts that I’m developing new ways to virtually connect with you.

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Pisani in Concert in Zurich

Pisani's well traveled guitar and case.

Returning to my rock and roll roots with an acoustic concert, I’ll be performing live music on 29. February 2020 at Salon in Zurich. Mixing my own original rock songs with some favorites by bands like U2, Tom Petty, Simon & Garfunkel, Snow Patrol, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison…

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The «art braille kanthari» charity auction was an art exhibition and charity auction, with special guest and auctioneer Stefan Puttaert, the director of Sotheby’s Zurich, and media personality Christine Maier.

the «art braille kanthari» project was based on Joseph Pisani’s three month kanthari trip through Southern India. The exhibition includes photographs, abstract paintings, video clips from the trip, and braille prose. Pisani’s visit to India marks the 71st country he’s visited. In Southern India, Pisani visited the kanthari campus, met the kanthari founders and the 24 students from this year’s seven month program, then visited seven projects founded by kanthari alumni throughout southern India. «art braille kanthari» documents the tireless work of the kanthari alumni, their social projects, and the people they have helped. The backstories of each of the auction lots, as well as a description of the 7 projects visited are listed below.

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Three Months in India: Art Braille Kanthari

“The Solemn Look of Freedom” , Edition 1, 2017

“The Solemn Look of Freedom” Mr. Madasamy had lost everything. After being falsely imprisoned for life for rape and murder, his wife left him and their 5 children in the care of his father, because the shame she felt from the ordeal. KR Raja, through his GNE project, was able to find a pro bono attorney, and raise the appeal fees which allowed Mr. Madasamy his freedom after 3 years of incarceration. Mr. Madasamy had a pet parrot perched on his hand when we meet. My first thought was if his bird was kept in a cage. When he showed me the bird’s cage, I found the perfect place to make his portrait. GNE Project, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu

My most recent adventure brought me to India, and marked my seventy-first country. From early May through August, I’ve backpaked through Southern India, gathering inspiration for chairty project: «art braille kanthari». For this trip, I’ve teamed up with «kanthari», a charitable organization that empowers social visionaries around the world (www.kanthari.org). My trek started at the kanthari campus in Trivandrum, India, were I got to meet the founders of kanthari and spend a week watching and photographing the new students begin their 7 month training program…

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The Smoke that Thunders Exhibition Catalog

The Smoke that Thunders Exhibition Catalog

As my most recent exhibition is coming to an end this week, I am releasing the full 31 page color catalog of the exhibition as a PDF.

The catalog includes full color photographs of the paintings, sculpture, and a collection of the photos from the exhibition. Also, read some of the background stories an see some of the photos that inspired the paintings.

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