October 14, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Joseph Radoccia, a local painter, outlined his creative process during his presentation “Becoming Elders” at Mount Saint Mary College on Thursday, October 11.
Local painter Joseph Radoccia provided insight into his artistic process with his talk “Becoming Elders” at Mount Saint Mary College on Thursday, October 11.
Radoccia has painted in a variety of mediums and canvas sizes. His latest series, “Becoming Elders,” is expressed through large scale portrait paintings.
“I have learned that there is a profound intimacy in the act of painting a person’s portrait,” Radoccia explained. “You spend hours silently looking at their face, translating what you see into various types of marks on paper, and you watch as these marks become their likeness. Little by little, facets of that person begin to surface that no amount of conversation would ever reveal. The completed portrait quietly emanates this unspoken self.”
He noted that “Becoming Elders” began as an homage to artists and peers from the LGBTQIA community who embraced and fostered Radoccia as he developed his artistic career.
Radoccia’s work is included in the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art permanent and study collections. In August and September of 2018, Radoccia’s work was on view at the Coburn Gallery at Ashland University in Ohio as well as in Kingston, N.Y.
The lecture was cosponsored by the Mount’s First Year Experience Program and the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, with aid from Christopher Neyen, assistant professor of Art and Graphic Design.