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 Joanne "Kali" Calocerinos  (1928 - )

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Lived/Active: Florida/New York / Greece      Known for: abstract painting-spiritual subjects

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following information, submitted October 2009, is from the daughter of the artist:

Artist Statement:  "In my Early Twenties I wanted to Seek the Truth.  It Became my Sacred Quest"

This endeavor expressed itself in unique creations. The quest and the art became synonymous. One fed the other. The art expressed her inward journey.

Joanne's technique is one of a kind and because the colors of her paintings are luminescent and graduate ever so slowly from one color to another, she has been able to achieve a glow within her art that is very unique.  Her creations were done by hand, long before she even thought about computers.  To this day she really avoids computers as she considers them to be unfamiliar territory.

As her daughter, I have personally observed her technique. She would put two or more oil colors on her wooden palate, very separate.  She would chose one of the two colors to start with and begin the painstaking process of painting one line at a time.  Each line she created the same width by utilizing the width of the brush as her guide.  Each line is the same width because the line is only as wide as the brush.  Although this is a very rigorous exercise, freedom came to her by allowing the first line to be created wherever she felt right and to stop whenever and wherever.  Then, inside that line, she would create a rope effect by adding diagonal brush strokes.

Therefore, not only are her paintings composed of lines, but diagonal lines within those lines.  Again, the distance between the diagonal lines was the same as the brush width so there was little variation.  After finishing this line, she would ever so gradually add more and more of a different color to each succeeding line.  This technique gives the paintings a special glow and rope effect of vivid structure, creates the illusion of movement and also adds dimension, liquidity, and texture to the paintings.  The combination of the rope effect with the gradual change of color transforms these two dimensional canvases into a multidimensional experience.  Hence, the paintings reach higher realms of existence.

Annual sidewalk artshow at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York
Fort Dix Arts and Crafts Show, 1950s
Mother-daughter art show, Osceola Center for the Performing Arts, Kissimmee, Florida, early 1990s

Prize for best abstraction, July 23, 1962, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, New York
Ribbon, Award, at the Riverside County National Date Festival, California, 1970. First in Modern class and still life and oils.

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