Awaken your inner child!
Storytelling is an art form that dates back to the beginning of civilization. My allegorical stories attempt to sequentially lead the viewer through a series of images with both a literal and symbolic interpretation.
How does a rainforest survive the pace of human encroachment? Is a rainforest even worth saving when land resources are rapidly vanishing? Difficult questions to answer in a time where difficult choices need to be made. In the war between humans and nature, progress can only be measured from battle to battle. This series is an attempt to highlight the combined effects of these battles with the long term hope of affecting positively the final outcomes.
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In 1547, Prince Vicino Orsini commissioned work to begin on a park filled with twenty-four natural bedrock-sculpted art pieces. Most of these are based on grotesque figures of mythological origin that were important during this time period. The park, currently considered by many to be the first theme park, was called Bosco Sacro. It is known today as “Monster Park”, located in Bomarzo, Italy. It eventually became dedicated to the loving memory of his wife, Giulia Farnese, who died in 1560 before the park was completed. The Prince commissioned Pirro Ligorio, well-known at the time for finishing St. Peter’s Basilica after Michelangelo died, to design these works. Sculptor Simone Moschino then created these, primarily as a sculpture garden which were popular during the day. My purpose here is to showcase the talent and dedication of these two artists in a moody glimpse back in history with a sense of mystery.
What People Are Saying About Jerry’s Art…
Brooks JensenLensWork Magazine Editor/Photographer / LensWork Magazine
When we review submissions here, we either know we want to publish something, or we know we don’t want to publish something. And every once in a while we look at a body of work and just go “wow!” This is fabulous. That was the case with yours. We instantly knew we wanted to publish it…We are also delighted to include one of your images on the cover.
John Paul CaponigroInternationally Renowned Visual Artist / Caponigro Arts
I remember the day when Jerry Grasso lit up. He understood that not only could he become more creative but he was already much more creative than he thought he was. Hard work produces grace, not miracles. Since then, Jerry’s followed through on his creative life with passion and commitment. It’s been delightful to see his work grow and be celebrated in exhibitions and publications.
Mallorie OstrowitzFine Art Photographer / Ostrowitz Photography
erry has been one of my most dedicated students; he is open to learning new approaches, accepted criticism and progressed exponentially. Jerry followed through with exceptional commitment to all projects he was given, and as a result, has fine tuned his talent and now produces such high quality of work that he was accepted by LensWork magazine.
Stan MarchutFine Art Photographer / Brown Dog Studios
The visual artistry of Jerry Grasso caught my attention ten years ago. I bought an image and then a book. The creative energy that continues to drive his aesthetic development is fascinating. His images have cycled through periods of abstraction and stark realism, but always maintain an optical complexity. They engage the eye with a physical presence as art objects but also trigger moods and emotions in the mirror of imagination.
Troy AlmeidaPhotography Enthusiast
I appreciate what you [say] about finding your inner child, being imaginative, and not seeing everything in black & white. You talk about people seeing your work in galleries but then not being able to describe what they saw, and I realized I'm guilty of those things, too. I don't always know how to view art, and I don't look at [your art] deeply enough to really "see" it, if that makes any sense. Once I really looked at it deeply, it definitely helped me to appreciate the extreme detail of the architecture. It really did force me to slow down and LOOK at them. I enjoyed that very much.
The Making Of Made In The USA
The making of this series.
My Travel Series
Oh, the places I have been!