The Art of Stanko

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The paintings of Stanko...

Mike Stanko finds inspiration in the world around him. He loves using references and imagery from popular culture. Mike is well aware that one of the basic roles of art is to serve as a mirror of its time by portraying society in condensed form. His transformation of the source image typically includes reducing the color palette to saturated primaries, eliminating incidental details, heightening contrasts and emphasizing the pictorial imagery. Stanko takes a stand between reality and artificially high art and mass culture, abstraction and figuration, and the manual and mechanical - to reveal their interdependence.

Mike Stanko makes paintings like giant musical chords, with a polyphony or colors that are nuts but work. Like Thelonious Monk or Stravinsky.

- Kevin Larkin

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To contact Stanko on info about a painting(s) , upcoming events or any questions, please e-mail Stanko at : mstankoart@gmail