Tony Crocetto

Artist's Statement
My work is essentially about painting; whatever the subject matter, I am most interested in the quality of light and an intimate sense of place. Nature serves as part of my inspiration and is one of my references, rather than the focus. Through poetic suggestion, the viewer may find some sense of familiarity, even in very abstracted subject matter.

My process invites influence from various sources, ranging from the paint itself to artists who inspire me. This organic process varies; by allowing the painting to dictate, I react to the various elements and continually strive for balance. Expression becomes an agent, which is revealed in my mark-making and color choices. Further opportunities for surprise occurrences may develop as I work through generations of imagery. Many choices must be made, often purely with the intention of pushing my own boundaries. The unexpected not only plays a role in the process, it may even become the subject matter.

Tony Crocetto was active in the Philadelphia art scene starting in the mid 1970’s, winning numerous awards before moving to Alaska in 1991. He began exhibiting his work in Denali Park in 1993 and the following year became the first Artist-in-Residence for the Denali Education Center. Tony has been exhibiting his artwork in solo shows, group and invitational exhibits around Alaska and the lower 48 states, and was invited to exhibit his work in the Netherlands in 2004. In 2010 he was selected juror for the 25th Annual Interior Artisans Juried Arts Exhibition in Fairbanks. He divides his time between Alaska and Colorado and is represented by galleries in Anchorage, Talkeetna, and western Colorado.

Millersville University, Millersville PA 1972 -1975
     Fine Arts

University Of The Arts, Philadelphia PA 1975 -1980
     Illustration, Independent Painting Studios

Delaware Co. Community College, Del. Co., PA 1980 -1981
     Black and White Photography

Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
     Permanent Collection

SuValley Junior/Senior High School, Talkeetna AK
     1% for the Arts Commission -2010
     Climbing Wall Mural Commission -2013

1994 Denali Foundation, Denali Park AK
     Artist-in-Residence, May-September

2004 Markiezenhof Museum, Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands
     Holland-Alaska Cultural Exchange and Invitational Exhibition

2009 Denali Arts Council / North Wall Gallery, Talkeetna AK – Solo Exhibit

2011 Denali Arts Council / North Wall Gallery, Talkeetna AK - Two Person Exhibit

Denali Education Center, Denali Park AK – Two Person Exhibit

2012 Flying Squirrel Bakery Café, Talkeetna AK - “Recent Works” – Solo Exhibit

2013 Flying Squirrel Bakery Café, Talkeetna AK - “Abstract Explorations”-SoloExhibit

2014 Blue Hollomon Gallery, Anchorage AK – Solo Exhibit

Tonglen Lake Lodge Gallery, Denali Park AK - Solo Exhibit

2017 Blue Hollomon Gallery, Anchorage AK - "New Work" - Solo Exhibit

2005 International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage - Members’ Show
     Well Street Art Co, Fairbanks AK – Group Show
     Bear Gallery, Pioneer Park, Fairbanks AK “The Men’s Show” Invitational Group Show

2006 Denali Arts Council / North Wall Gallery, Talkeetna AK – Talkeetna Artists
     Guild Members’ Group Show

2008 Coos Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon - “Expressions West 2008 - Juried

MTS Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska - “Abstract Painting – a statewide survey of
     abstract painting in Alaska” - Invitational Exhibit

2010 MTS Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska
     “Confluence/Influence” - an invitational exhibit of Talkeetna artists.

2013 Flying Squirrel Bakery Café, Talkeetna AK - “Susitna Wild” – Invitational
     Group Show