George billis gallery
Contact: Tamar Holton-Hinshaw
Phone: 212 645 2621
For Release: Immediately
Joseph Piccillo
February 19 - March 22, 2008
Artist Joseph Piccillo will exhibit his recent body of work in his
first solo exhibition at the George Billis Gallery, 511 W. 25 St.
between 10th and 11th Avenues from February 19 - March 22,
2008. An artist's reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday,
February 21st , from 6 - 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Joseph Piccillo's large-scale canvases contrast masculine and feminine qualities, carefully balancing strength and power beside grace
and beauty. Horses and ballerinas are central motifs in his current
body of work. Through his detailed graphite depictions, Piccillo captures the dynamic movement of both forms, capturing moments of
strength and grace. From the definition of muscle to the veins of the
neck, Piccillo moves past the ability to create life-like images and creates a moment suspended in time.
Set against the silent black of his canvas, each figure commands individual attention while at the same time creating a dialogue of emotion
amongst the figures of the piece. The white leaps from the canvas against the ambiguous backdrop, while bright
splashes of color offer an abstract quality to Piccillo's work.
#15, mixed media on canvas, 7 x 6’
Joseph Piccillo received his B.S. Art Education in 1961 and his MS. Art Education in 1964 from the State
University College of Buffalo, NY. His work can be found in a number of public collections including the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Chicago.
The George Billis Gallery marks its eleventh year in the Chelsea Art District and opened a second gallery in 2004
in the burgeoning gallery district of Culver City in Los Angeles. For more information please contact the
Gallery by e-mail at [email protected] or visit our website at
george billis gallery
511 West 25th Street, Ground Floor
NY NY 10001
PHN 212 645 2621
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