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Jack Brusca (American, 1939-1993)


Also known as:  Brusca-Dante, Jack

Birth Place: Flushing, Queens (New York)

Jack Brusca (1939-1993), born in Flushing, Queens, was a painter and designer held in high regard by the contemporary art world for his unique ability to interpret the natural wonder of the ordinary. Through manipulating letters, numbers, and nature, Brusca was an illusionist whose sharp sense of color and spacial dimension created works with a feeling of the theatrical.

Brusca studied at the University of New Hampshire, as well as The School of Visual Arts in New York. His first solo exhibition was held at Galeria Bonino in New York in 1969, and it received high critical praise from the art world. Specifically, his painting expressed the undeniable influence from Fernand Leger’s mechanistic techniques, but it was simultaneously recognized as one of a kind.

In 1973, Busca was hailed by one critic as being "just about as sharp as they come.” By using his favorite medium of airbrushing with acrylic paint, his work became known for its illusionistic depictions of smooth three-dimensional forms with a combination of hard-edged neo-realism, surrealism, and pop.

As a designer, Brusca designed theater sets and costumes for the ballet. In 1991, he won critical praise and recognition for his costumes in Louis Falco's ballet "Escarpot," performed by Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at City Center. Brusca also designed jewelry.

The artist’s works have been shown throughout the United States and South America. He participated in several group exhibitions throughout his career, including Expo ’67 in Montreal, Highlights of the Season at the Larry Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and Paintings and Sculptures Today at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Paraty Gallery in SoHo held his last solo show in 1989. Many of his paintings remain in various permanent collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Although he passed away from AIDS at the young age of 56 in 1993, his fruitful creative career continues to inspire artists today.

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