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Joseph Maruska

Graceful colors and lines glide across the painting. 

Joseph Maruska

From: California | Medium: Oil paintings on Masonite with texturing

Joseph Maruska provides the viewer with endless room to interpret and perceive meaning. His paintings leave room for the imagination to grow. Maruska’s strong forms and graceful landscapes take shape in an earthen palette of golden ochres, velvety browns and an array of blues that often translate into cascading, flowing bodies of water or a fragment of atmospheric sky.

His unique style of abstraction begins by covering panels with a thick emulsion of modeling paste giving the effect of a subtle, three-dimensional profile. Maruska then returns to the surface, laying down rich color over the masses and shapes, using the shadows and protrusions as guidelines in which to lay the paint onto the surface. Finally, he introduces his characteristic luster to the work.

Maruska has a keen awareness not only of what he visualizes, but also of what the viewer might experience. He deliberately organizes the luscious abstract fields of color, giving root to landscape, sky and water. His works resonate with the public and are widely collected.


2010   “Wonderbook,” The art on the Oasis Of The Sea
2007  “Imagery / Art for wine,” Bob Nugent for Wine Appreciation Guild
2005  “Artist Profile,” Style and Decor Magazine, February
2002  “Los Angeles Home,” Spring / Summer Issue
2002 “Laguna News Post,” Diane Nelson Exhibition Review
2002 “Coast Line News,” Diane Nelson Review
2001 “East Of The River,” Santa Monica Museum of Art exhibition Catalog
2001 “Angelino Magazine,” March / April Issue
2001 “House Beautiful,” A & E Television
2000 “Laguna News Post,” Galerie 224 Exhibition Review
2000 “California Homes Magazine,” Spring Issue
1999 “The Orange County Register,” August 8th
1999 “San Diego Home and Garden”
1998 “D” Art International
1998 “South Coast Style”
1997 “Natural Manifestations,” David Pagel, Los Angeles Times Review
1997 “Martin Martin”, Christine Colas Review
1997 “City Week,” Galvez Galler
1995 “La Gazette,” French Publication
1994 “Cultures Meld in Art Work,”  Gallery Galvez Review
1994 “Artistic Gamble,” Tucson Weekly
1994 “The Uncompromising Aesthetic,” Artist Profile, Visions Magazine

Joseph Maruska