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January 2018

On Air; New Paintings by Josette Urso

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, 1947 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, will open the 2018 exhibition season with a solo show featuring new oil paintings by Brooklyn artist Josette Urso.


Teetering between the urban and natural, Josette Urso makes paintings and drawings working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment. Her approach involves moment-to- moment extrapolation governed by intuitive leaps of scale, color and wayward geometry. In the artist’s collages, the visual space is simultaneously highly randomized and highly ordered. The play of visual coincidence creates pleasures, just as it keys us into the generative power of chaos. In all her work, Urso’s visual contrasts and cross-fertilizations unfold and are cumulative, non-linear, free flowing and interpretive. Space becomes an ambiguous and malleable substance; its manipulation and acrobatic mark-making become a kind of gymnasium of expertly-placed color and shape.


Josette Urso commented, “For me, drawing and painting parallel the act of seeing and are the most direct links to private time with the physical world. Despite the urgency of my process, as I work, time still slows down. My work becomes a record of this exploration and a reflection of my inherent energy and reason for living.” -

The artist is the recipient of grants from The Adolph and Ester Gottlieb Foundation and The Pollack-Krasner Foundation and has been honored with residencies at Yaddo Foundation, UCross Foundation, Millay Foundation in the United States, as well as residencies in Spain, Germany, Ireland, Cambodia and Taiwan. Urso’s artwork has been acquired by numerous museums and private collections worldwide including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, Stadtmuseum, Schwandorf, Germany and Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH, to name a few.


For more information contact, Lani Holloway, gallery manager: Lani@kbfa.com