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Tracey Ippolito

Tracey Ippolito

Brief Biography and Artist’s Statement:

It is my life: A long, strange road of perpetual mental illness, spirituality, and struggles throughout that has driven me to pursue my work. First, as a childhood escape, later and today, a calling. A mission.

Within each of my paintings, there is a lifetime’s worth of a story. I call my work “Universalism.” It is a type of art I have developed in which connections can not only be made, but nearly tangibly felt. From the viewer to the art, the art and viewer as one when something personal connects them. Next, the awareness of their place in the world, the humanity seen within all others as it relates to themselves. There comes a realization of one’s place in the world, in the universe, only to wrap back around to the self with the new understanding that, they too, are creators. This is my intention at least, and it has proven to work thus far, fueling my hope to help others find a joyful moment.

These theories, along with the corresponding paintings and poems, are outlined in my book, which is part of my current series, both called “The Art of Universalism.” The book outlines a vast variety of subjects contributing to this type of art, from mathematics to shamanism.

At first glance, my work presents as a mixture of Surrealism, Mannerism, Expressionism, and Symbolism. As with all things in life, it takes looking a little deeper to uncover the truth.

With this painting/poetry/book series, I hope to travel, bringing with me the dream of giving something more meaningful than our ordinary lives to people. It is an experience and hopefully produces feelings worth feeling. Doesn’t everyone want to change the world, after all?

I work in many mediums, finding some success in my ARTlery, which is literally fine art as jewelry. They are wearable one-of-a-kind miniature paintings and sculptures. I also enjoy sculpture, collage, drawing, fashion, and carving among other things.

Image of my book display. Accompanies my current series, wherever I can find a place to release it. Book displays the entire show, paintings alongside their accompanying poems, as well as a small autobiography and complete course in my form of art, “Universalism.”
“ARTlery”, necklace is one of a kind and titled, “Unmasking the Self”, Canvas stretched on wood frame made from matchsticks, hanging from wires on simple chain.
Drawing of woman's back with face, “To Hide is to See”, graphite on paper, 12” x 14”, Sold.
“A Craving So Fearful”, Acrylic on canvas, 16” x 20” (pandemic piece) $725
“The God Question”, oil on gallery edge canvas, 30” x 40”, $7250
“The Shaman Girl”, 24” x 30”, oil on canvas, sold
“Inactivity”, oil on canvas, 24” x 36”, $1475
“The Tower”, 48” x 60” oil on canvas. $6,250
“Integration”, oil on canvas, 24” x 48”, $5750
“Sleeping Between Worlds II”, Oil on canvas, 30” x 40”, $3750

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