Claire Lofrese

Morandi Series


I have been mining Giorgio Morandi’s work for several years, making small paintings on panel that include birch bark. I wanted to see these shapes as single shapes in the print format - without any foreground, background, or shadows. With a background that includes printmaking, I had the idea of creating the individual shapes as templates that could be used recto or verso to ink up and print. I’m attracted to the strong iconic nature of the shapes in black and white whereas the paintings explored the objects in the color and shadows of the environment.

The pieces on view are enlarged from the original prints made from these templates. Editions are based on enlargement size and the work shown is from the Morandi Series II Group.



Vertical Panels


Lofrese often pulls influences from different areas and eras, combining them in some fashion. In this series, the coloration or palette grew out of a definite desire to simulate the color and light of the old masters and Mannerist painters like Rembrandt , Caravaggio, Valesquez, and Zurburan. For Lofrese, this palette embodies a drama and elegance and an emergent quality caused by the use of darks. Hung as diptychs and triptychs, the paintings are reminiscent of Japanese screens where action spans panels.



Works on Paper


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One Person Shows Featured Solo Artist, Spire Studios, Beacon NY September 2005 New Work, The Art Gallery at Finders Keepers, Beacon NY April 2004 Abstract Paintings, Warren Street Gallery, Hudson NY August 1994 Abstract Paintings, Hunter Gallery, New York NY May 1982 Works on Paper, Hunter Gallery, New York NY May 1981 Group Shows Storytellers and Conjurers, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY Oct. 31-Dec. 8, 2013 Artists Choose Artists, Longyear Gallery, Roxbury NY January-February 2013
Some Girls (of Beacon), Howland Cultural Center, Beacon NY March 2012
Artists Choose Artists, Longyear Gallery, Roxbury NY January-February 2012 Small, Hudson Beach Glass, Beacon NY bruary 2011 Art in the Loft, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook, NY June 30 – August 26 2007 Via Beacon, Garnerville Art & Industrial Center, Garnerville NY June 2005 Group Show, Chamaileon Gallery, Bantam CT March 2005 Group of 4 @ Bulldog, Beacon NY, (2nd Saturday of each month) Oct. 2004 – Feb. 2005 Abstract Paintings, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY August 2004 Seduction as Art, Germaine Keller Gallery, Garrison Landing NY April 2003 Peripheral Vision, Collaborative Concepts Gallery, Beacon NY Nov. 2002 – Jan. 2003 Works on Paper, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY March 2001 so, where’s the car?, The Designory Inc., Long Beach CA October 1996 Group Show, Angels Gate Cultural, Center, San Pedro CA November 1995 Reinventing Nature, Warren Street Gallery, Hudson NY July 1994 The First Decade of the MFA Program, Hunter College NY October 1991 The Brooklyn Show, RVS Gallery, Southampton NY October 1991 Works on View, RVS Gallery, Southampton NY Summer 1990 AWA Group Show, Northside Arts Industries, Brooklyn NY October 1985 Small Works, BACA Cultural Center, Brooklyn NY March 1984 8x8, J. Yahousa Meir Galerie-Studio, Montreal, Canada April 1984 Drawings, Fall 1980 Invitational, 22 Wooster Gallery, New York NY October 1980 Member Show, 22 Wooster Gallery, New York NY December 1979 New York/Parallel/Montreal, Motivation V Gallery, Montreal Canada December 1979 100 American Craftsman, Kenan Center, Buffalo NY June 1974 Big E Show, Erie County Bank, Buffalo NY January 1974 Education MFA, Painting & Printmaking, Hunter College, New York NY June 1982 BFA, Painting & Printmaking, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo NY January 1971 Enameling apprenticeship with Harold ‘Bill’ Helwig, Buffalo NY 1971 - 1973