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Joe Klapper

Painting

610-256-6909

 Artist County

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My oil paintings consist primarily of portraiture and figurative art. I seek a penetrating lyrical quality that offers the viewer a glimpse into a complex and private world. My work has a solid foundation in classical art technique—almost all my paintings start with a traditional closed grisaille. Not satisfied with simply capturing a "likeness," I strive to make both deeply personal and societal statements in my work by blending traditional and improvisational painting techniques. Many of my paintings even take on an almost surrealist quality as I aim for a useful symbolic language. I also frequently paint musicians at work, a fact that reflects my former life as a professional classical musician.

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