“Images from his childhood summers in Belmar have found their way into Edward Boccia's paintings through the years,” explains a 1999 article by Ashbury Park Press of N.J. “[Boccia] talks about shadows shifting on the Atlantic Ocean, waves smacking against jetties and piers lying wrecked after a storm.”
Boccia describes, "I paint the sea and fish a lot in various compositions, having spent all my young days at the ocean," Boccia said. "If I'd grown up in the woods in Colorado, I'd probably be painting something else."
Edward E. Boccia, Belmar Revisited, 1973, oil on canvas, 7 x 10’. St. Louis University Art Museum. Image courtesy of Rosa JH Berland (@rosalina_la_contessa). #edwardboccia#artisticinfluences#americanartist#20thcenturyartist#contemporarypainter#italianamericanpainter#contemporaryreligiousart
One might recognize a link between American artist Abraham Rattner, whose “Job” is pictured above, and Edward Boccia. In her 2015 Revista Forma article, art historian Rosa Berland (@rosalina_la_contessa) highlights the relationship between the two artists, “Washington University owned a picture by Rattner entitled Job and it is certain that Boccia knew of it, having helped hang the very work in a 1954 exhibition of sacred art at the artist‘s guild. The very mission of that show - to display the marriage of modernity and religious imagery in new work - is a theme integral to Boccia‘s lifetime oeuvre. Both Boccia and Rattner, in divergent styles, sought to physically depict an intangible spiritual conflict.”
Abraham Rattner, Job, 1949, oil on canvas, image courtesy of Sacred Art Pilgrim.
One of the most frequently represented subjects in Western art, the Crucifix has come to symbolize far more than the historical and religion event itself. Here is the modern version by a left brain artist, #melzaid . His magnificent piece addresses human suffering on a universal scale while celebrating the advent of resurrection .. @multispace_studios
Thank you everyone who came to the Love The Giver: Part I opening night! It was such a pleasure to have you all there. Can’t wait for @galina_alexander to produce the Part ii ♥️ #curatorialpractice#contemporaryreligiousart