Sidetracks Gallery, New Hope, PA, “Naked In New Hope” Group show, 2016, 2017.
Legends Gallery, Philadelphia, PA , “Eimi – Revelation In Time” Group show, 2016.
Beach Street Studios, Manchester, MA, Group Show, 2012.
Presently, I am a participant in many juried and non-juried art shows and festivals:
Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, juried show.
Ambler Art Festival
Audubon “Drawn From Nature”
Doylestown Art League
Oreland Art League
Philadelphia Sketch Club: “Art of the Flower,”
“Small Oil Paintings” at Abington Hospital’s “Art in the Atrium.”
Chestnut Hill’s “Fall for the Arts”
Awards and Press:
The Gwen Kovach Memorial Award, Oreland Art Center Members Show, October, 2015
Juror’s Award from the Horsham Township Library Show, November, 2014
Honorable Mention for Oil Painting at the Doylestown Art League Juried Show, November, 2013
George Christian Award for Oil Painting at Doylestown Art League Juried Show, 2013
“Best in Show” award at Doylestown Art League Juried Show, April, 2012
Art In the Storefront, Ambler, PA, 2011. Collection of paintings featuring images of historic Ambler buildings and sculptures. Ambler Gazette article, March, 2011
Flights of Fancy, Audubon Museum, Audubon, PA, 19403, 5/14/11 through 8/14/11. Solo exhibit in the historic home of John James Audubon, featuring landscapes and still lifes with images of birds observed while traveling and in my own backyard.
Former exhibiting artist at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC), 419 Green Lane, Philadelphia, PA.
In November, 2010, I was the featured artist in MRAC, and a press release, written by David Haugaard and Loie Grossmann, was picked up by several newspapers: The Philadelphia Inquirer: “7 Days”, 11/7/10; Chestnut Hill Local 11/4/10; The Review, Roxborough edition, 11/3/10. The following are exerpts:
When the clocks fall back and we gain that extra hour of sleep, and daylight savings passes into Eastern standard time, a clever way to keep brightness in our lives for an extra day will be by attending “Saving Daylight,” a warm and vibrant exhibition of paintings by Anthony Casasanto, at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center (MRAC) during the month of November. Casasanto’s large canvases celebrate his passions for nature and travel to exotic places….
Large houses with an informal elegance, surrounded by nature, often are subjects of his paintings. “Sea Grape Vista” shows a huge, pink, and luminous beach house in Bermuda, surrounded by tropical shrubbery, with a beckoning turquoise ocean in the background. Other paintings are of Key West, where Casasanto lived for several years. “I love the old ‘Jimmy Buffett’ Key West, which was a bohemian place, with chickens, roosters, and dogs wandering about…”
Paintings of the Italian countryside, a result of Casasanto’s trips to visit relatives, include “Abbandonato” which features a ramshackle, apparently abandoned villa in the idyllic countryside. “The Young Prince” shows the inside of a lovely Victorian mansion in Cape May, with a nude figure, his back turned. “We used to house sit in a friend’s mansion,” says Casasanto, “We were working in restaurants, and would arrive just as others were leaving. Monday was our day off.”
…The shore of Manchester, Massachusetts and endangered wetlands in New Jersey are other subjects of his work. “I like to bring people’s attention to natural places,” comments Casasanto, “to increase their appreciation of nature, and to inspire people to protect the environment.”
Casasanto also finds his subject matter close to home…The “Daylight” exhibit includes several of Casasanto’s still lifes of fruits and flowers. These have a vibrant, cheerful, natural quality; looking as if the fruit would roll if touched, or as if one could grab a peach or apple and eat it…
“I have been most influenced by Monet and Matisse,” says Casasanto, who earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1974. “I am still learning anew, from Cezanne in particular, how innovative and clever he was in his painting.” The contemporary painting of Janet Fish and the pastels of Wolf Kahn also inspire him. “I am a representational painter but not a realist,” explains Casasanto, “I infuse myself into what I paint, looking for more than what is on the surface.” His paintings reflect not just what he sees, but accentuate what he most likes about what he sees, and what it means to him. Casasanto uses a wide array of rich, warm colors, which are vibrant yet stop just short of being bright. It is an enticing world that is shown; highly stylized but with an informal, exuberant quality, full of abundance.
Casasanto grew up in a tightly-knit community in South Philadelphia, a three block area around 19th & Wolf streets. “I could visit my aunts and uncles, my cousins, and my grandparents, by running up the alley,” says Casasanto, laughing. “It was a great place to grow up.” As a youth Casasanto was more interested in art and learning to cook pasta dishes and pastries with his mother, than playing sports. He went to Catholic schools, and grew up believing St. Monica’s parish was the best parish in the city. “And I loved my education at the Philadelphia College of Art,” says Casasanto, “I had great professors and learned so much about art, and really improved my skills as an artist. The one criticism I have of the college is that it did not prepare you for the real world, where it is very hard to earn a living as an artist, no matter how good you are. I wanted to stay there as long as possible, but unfortunately, you can’t stay forever.”
Casasanto made his living as a chef and…owned a restaurant in Cape May, “The Swallows.” He had a side business making intricate cakes, often for weddings. Working in restaurants, however, was grueling, since he spent long hours standing on a hard floor. Casasanto left the restaurant business and has devoted himself to his painting ever since.
Travels with his partner, C. Barry Marron, to places of natural beauty, including Costa Rica, Bermuda, Key West, the Italian countryside, and the coast lines of Massachusetts and Maine, inspire Casasanto’s paintings. He is a nature lover and bird watcher. “I like exotic, tropical locales,” he admits with a smile…