Special Series / Conceptual Art
By Joe Sambataro
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  Special Series / Conceptual Art

To be a "master artist" one must become and remain incredibly versatile. Nowhere is versatility required more than in producing original painting series and conceptual series. I have included a few examples of these series below.

Reflections Character Studies in Perspective Environmental Portraits Venice Carnival

  Masks Carnival Series

The mask is one of Sambataro's favorite images and appears in various conceptual paintings.

Venice Rose
(48"×36")Venice Rose is one of my personal favorites, among my special series and conceptual art, because it combines two subjects that I like to paint: Masks and Flowers. By putting two different images together you can create a vision that is unique in and of itself, and the technical challenges for the artist make the results much more satisfying.
When I paint a Special Series of any type of subject, it is because I want to force myself to set up a visual that is not only difficult to paint, but (if successful) will capture the respect of other artists and the imagination of the viewer.
Venice Rose, from Sambataro's new Floral Expressions series
Red Mask
(36"×48")
Red Mask, from Sambataro's new Floral Expressions series
Rouge
   Voted Best in Texas, 2015
Mask, from Sambataro's Mask series - voted Best in Texas 2015

  Holiday Series

I am often asked to paint special series for major events, holidays, or commercial purposes. I am happy to share one of my recent series on Santa Claus. Over time, I will add other holiday celebrations to this list.

Santa with Sled
  a Holiday Series Oil
Santa with Sled, a holiday series oil by Sambataro
Santa in the Sky
  a Holiday Series oil
Sambataro Santa
  a Holiday Series oil
Santa in the Sky, a Holiday Series oil by Sambataro
Sambataro Santa, a Holiday Series oil by Sambataro

  Shadow Box Series

An artist's best work is usually his most imaginative. This is called "conceptual" (or "what if"). The Shadow Box series is a perfect example of this.

What if Sambataro tried combining his photo-realistic painting techniques on the same canvas with other styles, such as impressionism, abstract, or even graphics? The trick was to be able to imagine an approach that might somehow allow these different methods to merge together.

The Shadow Box series not only achieves this convergence, but has become one of the most unique and original images on canvas today.

The Philosophers
(Click image for a close-up of the Shadow Box)
The Philosophers | Click for a close-up of the Shadow Box
Geisha
(Click image for a close-up of the Shadow Box)
Geisha | Click for a close-up of the Shadow Box
Dolphin Reflections
(Click image for a close-up of the Shadow Box)
Dolphin Reflections | Click for a close-up of the Shadow Box
Who's Monet?
(Click image for a close-up of the Shadow Box)
Who's Monet? | Click for a close-up of the Shadow Box
Mask and Rose
(Click image for a close-up of the Shadow Box)
Mask and Rose | Click for a close-up of the Shadow Box
Clown
(Click image for a close-up of the Shadow Box)
Clown | Click for a close-up of the Shadow Box