Philip J Capuano

Installation view of Philip J Capuano's 40-Year Retrospective, "Cosmic Current," February 20 - April 11, 2015
Installation view of Philip J Capuano's 40-Year Retrospective, "Cosmic Current," February 20 - April 11, 2015
Installation view of Philip J Capuano's 40-Year Retrospective, "Cosmic Current," February 20 - April 11, 2015
Installation view of Philip J Capuano's 40-Year Retrospective, "Cosmic Current," February 20 - April 11, 2015
Installation view of Philip J Capuano's 40-Year Retrospective, "Cosmic Current," February 20 - April 11, 2015
Ceramic Concerto / 1980 / wood, clay and lamp bases / 11' 6" x 6' x 4' / PLS INQ
House Hold Concerto / 1986 / mixed media, wood, ceramic and metal / 84" x 72" x 42" / PLS INQ
(side view) House Hold Concerto / 1986 / mixed media, wood, ceramic and metal / 84" x 7" x 42" / PLS INQ
Astral City / 1984 / mixed media, wood, ceramic and metal / 7' 6" x 4' 6" x 3' x6" / PLS INQ
(side view) Astral City / 1984 / mixed media, wood, ceramic and metal / 7' 6" x 4' 6" x 3' x6" / PLS INQ
All Stars / 1990 / mixed media / 58" x 54" / SOLD
Fountain of Liberty / 1986 / ceramic, wood and metal / 60" x 33" x 21" / PLS INQ
Royal Flush / 1981 / ceramic / 93" x 17" x 17" / PLS INQ
The Mystic / 1986 / mixed media, wood, metal and bulbs / 80" x 36" x 27" / PLS INQ
Window of Fame / 1992 / mixed media / 36" x 48" / PLS INQ
Astral Dream / 1994 / mixed media / 60" x 58" / PLS INQ
Donna Summer / 1981 / record covers, paint and trophies / 54" x 24" / PLS INQ
Equal and Opposite / 2007 / logs, clay and paint / 50" x 36" x 28" / PLS INQ
Fate and Destiny / 1995 / stoneware clay, stones and cement / 24" x 32" x 12" / SOLD
Moon Tella / 2007 / various clays, stain and cement / 23" x 15" x 12" / PLS INQ
Weeping Mystic / 2003 / stoneware clay, log, metal and stain / 17" x 34" x 10" / PLS INQ
Miss Multi Verse / 2012 / Ceramic and mixed media / 49" x 14" x 10" / SOLD
Undiscovered / 2013 / Ceramic and mixed media / 42" x 14" x 12" / PLS INQ
Unidentified / 2012 / Ceramic and mixed media / 40" x 11" x 11" / PLS INQ
Unidentified (detail) / 2012 / Ceramic and mixed media / 40" x 11" x 11" / PLS INQ
Ceramic Manor / 2011 / Mixed Media / 43" x 11" x 10" / PLS INQ
Untitled-Titleless / 2010 / Ceramic, stain, metal and trophy / 42" x 12" x 12" / SOLD
Queen Pin / 2010 / ceramic, paint, metal and trophy / 34" x 12" x 12" / PLS INQ
Medicine Woman / 2007 / Clay, brass, wood, paint and trophy / 55" x 25" x 12" / PLS INQ
Jamaican Time / 2010 / ceramic, metal, wood, stone, stain and sand / 33" x 10" x 6" / PLS INQ
Stoneware Galaxy / 2010 / Ceramic, stone and cement / 34" x 12" x 7" / PLS INQ
Kiln Spirit / 2001 / stoneware clay, brick and cement / 23" x 12" x 6" / PLS INQ
Milky Way Muse / 2013 / ceramic and mixed media / 30" x 17" x 12" / PLS INQ
Evening with Eve / 2008 / clay, metal and paint / 30" x 15" x 12" / PLS INQ
Eve's Apple / 2013 / mixed media / 30" x 14" x 12" / SOLD
Spoken / 2007 / Clay, cement, paint and trophies / 14" x 10" x 11" / PLS INQ
2012 (May-June) / 2011 / Clay, wood, trophies and paint / 20" x 18" x 11" / PLS INQ
Buffalo Liberty / 2011 / Clay, coins, sand, cement and paint / 15" x 11" x 9" / PLS INQ
Mercury's Message (April 15, 2014) / 2011 / clay, wood, coins and paint / 14" x 16" x 16" / PLS INQ
Venus and Mercury / 2010 / clay, wood, metal and paint / 23" x 10" x 7" / PLS INQ
Visionary-Revolutionary / 2011 / clay, wood, coins and paint / 17" x 11" x 10" / PLS INQ
Saturn Opposite Uranus (July 26, 2010) / 2010 / clay and wood / 15" x 11" x 9" / PLS INQ
The Visionary / 2014 / clay, stone and cement / 17" x 11" x 11" / PLS INQ
Stone of Pearls / 2005 / stoneware clay, stones and cement / 17" x 13" x 8" / PLS INQ
Neptune's Dream / 2005 / stoneware clay, stoes and cement / 18" x 15" x 10" / PLS INQ
Mr. Maxwell / 2007 / paint on found flea market painting / 24.5" x 20.5" / PLS INQ
Mystical Garden / 2007 / paint on found 1950s paint-by-number / 23" x 19" / PLS INQ
The Rembrandt / 1991 / paint on found painting / 26.5" x 20.5" / PLS INQ
Vio-Lynn / 2008 / paint on found 1940s flea market painting / 29.5" x 23.5" / PLS INQ
Adirondack Spring / 2011 / Clay, wood, metal and paint / 27" x 8" x 5" / PLS INQ
Aries Spring / 2011 / Clay, wood, metal and paint / 26" x 10" x 5" / PLS INQ
Comet Quartet / 2011 / Clay, wood, metal and paint / 39" x 10" x 5" / PLS INQ
Eve and Adam / 2010 / ceramic, wood, stain and metal / 27" x 7" x 5" / PLS INQ
Eve's Dance / 2013 / ceramic and mixed media / 32" x 12" x 12" / PLS INQ
To Whom / 2010 / clay, wood, metal, trophy and paint / 25" x 10" x 10" / PLS INQ
Lunar Memorial / 2005 / stoneware, wood and trophy / 37" x 8" x 8" / PLS INQ
Solar Flair / 2012 / clay and wood / 48" x 12" x 12" / PLS INQ
Spoken Again / 2009 / clay, metal and paint / 42" x 12" x 12" / PLS INQ
Natures Count Down / 2007 / Clay, log and stain / 47" x 37" x 30" / PLS INQ
Symphony for 2009 (The Summer Symphony) / 2007 / Clay, metal and trophies / 42" x 12" x 12" / PLS INQ
Sunny Side of the Night / 2010 / Ceramic and mixed media / 40" x 12" x 11" / PLS INQ
Lunar Launch / 2010 / Ceramic, stain, cement and metal / 36" x 12" x 22" / PLS INQ
Pluto Returns / 2010 / Clay and mixed media / 31" x 21" x 10" / SOLD
Sea-Saw / 2005 / Stoneware clay, tea cups and cement / 25" x 13" x 5" / PLS INQ
Portrait of Time / 2010 / Ceramic, metal, wood and stain / 34" x 12" x 12" / SOLD
Miss Ceramic / 2007 / Various clays, brass, paint and trophy / 35" x 17" x 12" / PLS INQ
Space Vase / 2010 / Ceramic and mixed media / 48" x 12" x 11" / PLS INQ
Ceramic Prelude / 2010 / Ceramic, stain, metal and wood / 81" x 22" x 20" / PLS INQ

Education
1978 – School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts (Ceramics) Chicago, IL

1972 – Maryland Institute College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Baltimore, MD

1969 – Silvermine College of Art, Associate of Fine Art, Silvermine-Ridgefield, CT

1967 – Norwalk High School, Norwalk, CT

EXHIBITIONS

2015 – Linda Warren Projects, “Cosmic Current,” One Person Exhibition

2014 – Linda Warren Projects, Group Show

2013 – Bridgeport Cultural Center, “Cardboard Show” Group Show, Chicago, IL

2013 – Linda Warren Projects, Group Show

2013 – Beverly Arts Center, “Chatterbox Fiction” Group Show, Chicago, IL

2012 – Linda Warren Projects, Group Show

2009 – Northbranch Gallery, Philip Capuano “Sculptures-Photos,” Skokie, IL

2007 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, Group Show, Hudson, NY

2005 – M.A.P. Gallery, National Invitational, Ceramic Conference, Baltimore, MD

2005 – Maryland Institute College of Art Visiting Artist, Computer Department, Baltimore, MD

2004 – Gallery Merz, Group Show, Sag Harbor, NY

2003 – Gallery Merz, Two-Person Show, Sag Harbor, NY

2002 – Art Forum, Group Show, Woodstock, NY

1989 – Sibil Lamey Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, IL

1989 – Maryland Institute College of Art, Visiting Artist, Ceramic Department, Baltimore, MD

1988 – Beacon St. Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, IL

1986 – Struve Gallery, Summer Show, Chicago, IL

1985 – Struve Gallery, Navy Pier Gallery Show, Chicago, IL

1984 – Struve Gallery, Navy Pier Gallery Show, Chicago, IL

1983 – Struve Gallery, Navy Pier Gallery Show, Chicago, IL

1983 – Illinois Arts Council Grant, Chicago, IL

1982 – Struve Gallery, Navy Pier Gallery Show, Chicago, IL

1981 – Struve Gallery, Navy Pier Gallery Show, Chicago, IL

1980 – Frompkin and Struve Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, IL

1980 – Zariny-Hays, Film Viewing, Chicago, IL

1980 – Norwalk High School, Visiting Artist, Norwalk, CT

1977 – Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago and Vicinity Show, Chicago, IL

1977 – Slusser Gallery (University of Michigan), Group Show, Chicago Clay, Ann Arbor, MI

1977 – Art Institute of Chicago, Midwest Open Screening, Chicago, IL

1977 – Ann Arbor Film festival (Cash Reward), Ann Arbor, MI

1977 – Name Gallery, Film Group, Open Screening, Winter; Open Screening, Spring

1975 – Art Institute of Chicago, Midwest Open Screening, Chicago, IL

1974 – Super Mud Ceramic Conference, Invitational, Rising Artist, Niagra Falls, NY

1972 – Reed Street Gallery, Group Show, Baltimore, MD

1972 – Nostalgia Gallery, Group Show, Baltimore, MD

1971 – Maryland Institute College of Art, Ceramic Department Show, Baltimore, MD

1969 – Silvermine College of Art, Two-Person Show, Commencement Day, Silvermine-Ridgefield, CT

1967 – Norwalk High School, Most Artistic Award, Best in Crafts Award

1967 – National Scholastic Awards, Award in Ceramics, Award in Sculpture Award in Industrial Design

During the summers in Connecticut when I was a pre-teen, I lived for playing baseball. I grew up on a farm and had to work hard, but I always made time for baseball. I played everyday and sometimes even slept with my glove underneath my pillow. I dreamed of playing professionally for the New York Yankees. The only thing that dragged me away from playing baseball was an arts and craft’s class in my school’s summer program. On Tuesday afternoon, after lunch, baseball was on hold for arts and crafts. In my first class, they taught us how to make pot holders and build things with Popsicle sticks by gluing them together. It was so much fun. I guess this was the earliest telling of what was to unfold in the future years.

I continued to play semi-pro baseball until the age of 38. I was also into weightlifting and even placed in a national competition. Sports and art have always been my passions. I was willing to put sports on hold for my art, though. And sports have always influenced my artwork. My first great influence in art was my craft teacher in high school, Shirley Charron. I was not an “A” student by any means and I did not excel in math or science. Ms. Charron knew I wasn’t a great student and encouraged me to apply for art school at Silvermine College of Arts. The college was holding interviews and all I had to do was make an appointment and bring my artwork. I was excited to find out that they didn’t neven need to know my S.A.T. scores. So I met with Dean Bob Gray
and he liked my artwork. I became a student at the Silvermine College and received my Associate’s Degree from there. I went on to the Maryland Institute of Art where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree. I met several students from various backgrounds and different countries. I was fortunate for having great teachers and mentors along the way. Visiting artists were a big influence to me, as well. My college years helped greatly, keeping me out of the ‘real world’ and into the realm of creativity and free­ flowing ideas.

After receiving my Masters Degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1977. I stayed in Chicago. I became ‘so-to-speak’ a “Chicago” artist, living in lofts, dreaming the dreams of becoming known and reaching for the stars. I was still quite naive at the age of 30. Luckily, I kept my day job as a cleaning man. I worked hard during those years after graduate school and still do 28 years later. During those 28 years, I tried out for the Chicago White Sox at the age of 31 and entered state and national weightlifting competitions at the age of 52. But just as a pre-teen, the thoughtof creativity moved me into new realms. I, once again, decided to put athletics on the back burner and pursue my work as an artist. The new sculptures and pieces give me a strength and a sense of being.