John Calabrese received his BA in Art from Catholic University, Washington D.C., his MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and his Ph. D. in Comparative Arts from Ohio University, Athens. He is a practicing artist.
He is Professor Emeritus of Art from Texas Woman's University where he taught art history, aesthetics, history of film noir, the art of Alfred Hitchcock, and was in charge of the studies abroad art history program which he initiated in 1994. He has published articles on Paul Klee, J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," and Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" and "The Trouble with Harry." See the website for more detailed information.
I have always been influenced by the female figure as well as fantasy/cosmic sky and planet scapes. I have found a way to combine these two subjects in new, startling, and creative ways.
The delicate nuance of value and texture become tools in conveying powerful dramatic statements about earthly beings who are not afraid to wonder, think, dream, and take that one step beyond.
The inhabitants of the cosmic atmosphere appear at odds with their surroundings. This is the result when the merely earthly confronts its unavoidable connection to the awe, mystery, and majesty of the heavens.
However, when fragile earthly beauty confronts sublime heavenly beauty, the earthly is reverently and silently humbled.