10 am-6 pm EST @ Townsend Atelier
Instructor: Valerio D’Ospina
We are thrilled to announce an in-person workshop with Valerio D’Ospina. This workshop is ideal for experienced representational painters who would like to challenge themselves, push beyond their limits, and think outside of the box in their approach to painting. It is also open to all artists with basic knowledge of oil painting and with different styles. Valerio will teach you how to build upon your painting skills and competencies and to increase your motivation and creativity by exposing you to diverse stimuli and inspirations.
· Challenge themselves, pushing their limits beyond their comfort zone.
· Find their own way of expression, dealing with their own demons and emotions.
· Learn unique tricks and techniques that are usually not taught in art schools and workshops.
· Observe things with a “different eye”
· Make the best possible choices thinking out of the box.
The workshop will consist of daily painting demonstrations, plenty of one-on-one individualized instruction, and brief motivational readings and talks. Each student will receive their own personal experience and specific training. Students may work from industrial scenes, images of shipyards, streets, or urbanscapes provided by the instructor, or from the figure. A live model will be provided. Model fee included in cost of the workshop.
There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. Lunch is on your own. For those traveling from out of town, please let us know if you need help with accommodation recommendations and we will be happy to assist!
Masks are required to be worn by all students, instructor and staff regardless of vaccination status. We will follow CDC guidelines on masking and distancing and recommend that students be vaccinated. Please let us know in advance if you have any health concerns and we will do our best to accommodate.
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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Valerio D’Ospina is an Italian acclaimed contemporary artist, mostly known for his dramatic gestural paintings of industries and urbanscapes. He graduated with honors and obtained an MFA in Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence.
Only 7 days after his graduation, he was invited to teach drawing and painting at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. D’Ospina’s teaching performance was evaluated as Exemplary by the teaching evaluation committee for his unique ways of actively involve students with passion and commitment and resulting in an unprecedented turnaround on the increase of quality in the student’s work. However, after five years of teaching, he decided to prematurely abandon his teaching carrier and dedicate himself full-time as an artist.
“Throughout Europe and from American coast to coast, Valerio D’Ospina’s oil paintings have been recognized for actualizing what many have attempted and few have achieved, expertly capturing the metropolitan pulse. Valerio D’Ospina began his intensive artistic studies upon moving from Taranto, Italy to Florence where he attended the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti. During his stay in Florence, he assiduously visited museums to learn the technique of the great masters and was given permission to replicate original works of art in the Palazzo Pitti Museum. After a brief immersion in the Parisian art scene, D’Ospina took a position in antique- painting restoration gaining insight into the “character” of antique paintings. D’Ospina’s dedication to technique, numerous academic achievements and natural talent led him to a professorship at the young age of 27. (He successively abandoned the career as art professor to dedicate himself completely to painting).
The competency of technique and appreciation of classic approaches D’Ospina acquired through this intensive study is evident, though illustrated in his work with an original contemporary aesthetic. The artist is able to impart a truly extraordinary life and energy into his masterfully executed cityscapes and images of industry. His paintings capture such scenes as a misty New York morning glimpsed from high above, the blurred streets of Milan as seen from a speeding taxi and the aging remnants of formerly thriving industries. Consistent throughout are the distinctive streaks, scratches, splatters and washes that combine to reveal rich, though largely monochromatic, oil paintings with a dramatic movement and a life of their own […]” ( ArtDaily)
“As if viewing cityscapes from the vantage point of a bird swooping through the sky or from the window of a speeding car, Italian artist Valerio D’Ospina sets the world in motion through quick and expressive brushstrokes. The artist imbues the streets of Italy, New York, and Paris with a bold sense of energy that can appear both exciting and foreboding, depending on your perspective. D’Ospina also finds beauty in industrial transportation, specifically oil tankers and old locomotives that lumber into rail yards or sit docked in harbors with a captivating sense of dignity […]” (Colossal)
“We’ve seen cityscapes in many different ways — photos, videos and sketches – and now we’re seeing cityscapes in a whole new way. Using oil on canvas, artist Valerio D’Ospina paints up blurry, yet sometimes surprisingly detailed cityscapes and urban scenes that portray the life and vivacity of modern, dramatic cities. His work is characterized by forceful lines and bold bird’s eye views that take the viewer on quite a ride […]” (Design Milk)
“[…] D’Ospina’s oil paintings are truly masterful. D’Ospina’s talent is no surprise, as he’s been on the creative scene since 1999 […]” (Juxtapoz)
His work has been featured in prominent art magazines, online platforms, has been the subject of art lectures in universities and academies of fine art all over the world and has been published in fine art textbooks. D’Ospina’s work has also been acquired by significant corporate and private collections as well as international modern and contemporary art museum collections.
We are unable to give refunds for visiting artist workshops unless the workshop is canceled by Townsend Atelier.