- Community of Residence: Somerville
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 617-645-4995
- Website: www.louisgippetti.com
- Artist Biography: I did not have to choose to be an artist. I had what became known as ADHD and from an early age ‘art’ was the only thing I could do well in public school (like drawing on my desks, text books and in my notebooks). After high school, I went to a studio art school (no academics) in New York City and did very well there. After that, I moved to New Haven to grad school for an MFA in painting. I moved to Boston in 1974, found my first art studio, taught a lot of drawing classes, met my future wife, and then got married. My wife gave birth to our (exceptional) baby daughter and 9 years later our baby son was born. I got a job teaching painting and drawing at the Museum School in Boston and stayed for 27 years. Thanks to my wife’s’ great help, we bought a painting studio in a building that had been bought by a large number of artists. All the studios were commercially- and residentially-zoned. For 30 of the years I’ve had this studio, it was my workspace only. Two years ago, I moved into the studio where I now live and
In 1996, my wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and passed away 3 years later. This event greatly
affected my work. Until that time, almost all of my work focused on portraits and figure painting scaled
to ¾ life size images. After this point my work changed in dimension, imagery and content. The aver-
age size of paintings was now 16”x 20”. The reason for shrinking the size of my work was that I’d become
a single parent of two children which required a lot of my time, so I was unable to go to my studio to
work on larger paintings and then leave these paintings in a condition that would allow me to continue
working on them easily.
Writing to you here, it is difficult for me to fully explain how the purpose and meaning of my work has
changed. I'd be delighted to share more in conversation. Please give me a call.