Joel D'Orazio Artisan
9312 Friars Rd. Bethesda, Maryland 29817
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Joel D'Orazio


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BORN : Oct. 11, 1942, Youngstown, Ohio, twin son of P. Arthur D’Orazio AIA, Architect and Rose R. D’Orazio, Accountant.


GILMOUR ACADEMY, Gates Mills, Ohio. 1956-60
DEGREE: Bachelor of Architecture
Study toward a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning 1965-66
YOUNGSTOWN UNIVERSITY, Youngstown, Ohio 1964-65
Painting and Sculpture workshop
CONT. UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, College Park, Md. 1973, 76
STUDY Ceramics Workshop

Jan 1, 2007 DONNA CORLESS, Trieste, Italy
Announcing the Abstracts Best in Showwinner2007 Art Exhibition
Design Concepts Unlimited, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will begin it's International Exhibition online at for the theme of Abstracts on January 1, 2007 Joel D'Orazio from Maryland - Polyurethane on panel/Digital works BEST IN SHOW.

WASHINGTON SCULPTORS GROUP, ‘Sculpture Now’ 2009, ‘The Tom Rooney Award
for Excellence 2009’ First Prize for ‘HM Dread Chair’.


P. Arthur D’Orazio, Youngstown, Ohio Summers 1958-63
Fischer & Elmore, Washington, DC 1965-67
P. Arthur D’Orazio, Youngstown, Ohio 1967-70
Collins & Kronstadt, Silver Spring, Md. 1970-74
Eugene Delmar, Silver Spring, Md. 1975
D’Orazio Design, Silver Spring, Md. & Washington, DC 1975-1991
FURNITURE DESIGN, Eldo Design 1991-1992
PAINTING 1991-Present

My Artist Statement

After practicing architecture for more than 25 years I have turned to a new medium.  I now create art with paint on panels, mixed medium works & sculpture using found and donated objects and digital art. The images are uncommon, yet suggest the familiar forms of nature. Although the paintings are varied in color and composition,  each image is part of a logical yet highly intuitive progression of work.

Each work begins as an adventure and its identity becomes as valid and important as the next,  with the medium playing a most important role in the discovery of solutions.  Originating in the subliminal, each work is a fresh encounter with the lush, unpredictable medium.  The alchemy of powdered metal

My artistic vocabulary is devoid of obvious symbols and messages, I do not intend to tell a story or render a recognizable form. For me, the process of creating is a meditative exercise. Though the images are generated spontaneously, recurring themes of movement and form can be found. The paintings relate only to each other, each providing clues to interpret the next.  This is their power.  In contrast,  my three dimensional works will at times possess a sense of content or a relationship  to historical themes, though only in an abstract sense.

I work under various, self-imposed constraints, sometimes I limit my palette to black and white or to metallic pigments. This economy of means is not simply the principle of 'less is more’, I relish restrictions as a challenge to more fully explore each image, to search for the maximum effect.

As I paint, I am preoccupied with the fluidity of the paint and the resulting density, and also the spacial concerns that are important in the creation of an illusion. I work with the reflective quality of the medium, creating many transparent layers which suggest great depths of space. I fashion complex layerings of many small areas of color in order to dissolve any central focus or subject matter.

My Location

I am located in Bethesda, Maryland.

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