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Michael Costello

Artist Statement

My work explores the anxiety of humankind in the 21st century. My goal is to capture the human body in all its vulnerability by celebrating our perceived flaws. In order to demystify the nude, one has to find beauty in the grotesque — yet in an affectionate manner. I choose my models for their ability to inspire empathy for our universal humanness. They are imperfect and I do not flatter, instead I paint them with emotional honesty. Their nudity becomes a vehicle for presenting the psychology of the sitter over the formality of portraiture, allowing me to discover and pierce the unconscious.

Karla, 2008 Oil on canvas. 30x30”
Karla, 2008, oil on canvas. 30×30”
Boychick, 2018 Oil on canvas, 24x18”
Boychick, 2018, oil on canvas, 24×18”
Man with Mirror, 2018, oil on canvas, 24x24”
Man with Mirror, 2018, oil on canvas, 24×24”

Artist Biography

Michael Costello is an artist from Boston, MA.

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