He Creates Bold Portraits with A Hint of Pop Art Culture
Louis Esposito creates bold and dramatic works of art using digital photo manipulation. His strong compositions are the result of his highly skilled and creative use of digital techniques and photographs.
Portraits of people are the main focus of his art work, while he also enjoys creating pet portraits and other subjects of interest.
The artist who lives in California earned his BA and MA degrees in Art from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Before exploring mixed media techniques as a digital photo artist Esposito worked in ceramics and glass blowing. Color was an important factor in his art then as it continues to be in his current digital photo art work.
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Commissioned Portraits in Digital Photo Art
Esposito is a versatile artist who enjoys producing commissioned portraits, a special skill that requires attention to details. It is important for him to express the personality and character of each subject.
In order to achieve likeness he studies the expressions in their eyes, mouth, hair and cheek structure. “The face can tell you a lot about an individual and that’s what I try to depict in my portraits,” he explains. “I talk with them to get a sense of their personality so I can give the portrait my personal footprint. “
Portraits Reflect A Pop Art Influence
Esposito’s subjects are enlivened with his unique artistic touches, such as coiffed flowing hair that adds movement to the composition. He also imbues his subjects with a certain iconic persona and theatrical flair. Heightened eye shadow and airbrushed softness reflect an influence of the celebrity culture, advertisement and billboards that flourished during the Pop Art era.
As the artist reflects, “As a product of the 60′s I was influenced by Frank Stella, Robert Hudson, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and my friend artist Robert Strini.”
Exhibitions and Awards
Esposito’s exhibitions include those at Colorado Mesa University gallery, and Los Angeles Center for Digital Ar, among others. His artwork has been selected for exhibitions organized by Upstream People Online Gallery and Light, Space & Time Online Gallery.
His digital photo art has appeared in the Photographers Forum magazine in the “Best of Photography” 2014 issue. He also received an Honorable Mention in Art Buzz, 2013 Collection.
“Nike”, one of his pet portraits shown below, was awarded “Special Recognition” in Light Space Time Online Art Gallery’s “Animals 2014″ Art Competition. The same organization awarded him with a “Special Recognition” for one of his Wings series works of art in its “Abstracts” competition.
His Digital Photo Art Manipulation Process
Espositio’s current tools of choice include the Wacom pad in conjunction with Photoshop and Illustrator. He explains, “I begin with the original photo and proceed to work in Portrait Pro and Photoshop using different tools to create the finished portrait.”
The artist works from digital images and photographs that he organizes into categories. His works of art are printed in different sizes and on different substrates including high quality printing papers with sizes up to 40″ x 40″. The portraits can also be printed on canvas in the same sizes.
Challenged by Diverse Subject Matter
“I enjoy experimenting with new ideas and techniques. This is reflected in my ever changing artwork,” says the artist who enjoys the creative challenge of diverse skills and subject matter.
About his Wings series he explains, “The challenge is to capture the beauty of wings and place them in a dramatic setting with other objects and textures.” His Egypt series originates from his avid interest in pyramids and the Pharaohs in which he includes the elements of that time in his own style and invites the viewer to create their own story from what they see.