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Michael Costello Painting Provincetown Self Portrait Oil on Canvas 1979 Cape Cod Artist

Michael Costello Painting Provincetown Self Portrait Oil on Canvas 1979 Cape Cod Artist

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On offer late 1970s self portrait by noted Provincetown, Cape Cod artist Michael Costello. Signed on face and signed and dated on reverse 1979. The artist continues successful art practice in Provincetown to this day, and he has authenticated this self portrait. Costello's work has been widely shown and collected from the 1970s to the present day. Many times over the course of his career he has returned to self portraiture in oil, but he is also known for his drawings, allegorical themes and studies of reflection.

This painting displays masterful exploration of texture, from the glass of the window pane and eye glasses to the dirty plaster of the wall to the texture differences between his hair and beard. This is truly an exceptional self portrait, but stands on its own as a figurative work representative of the period. Though Costello clearly looked to modern masters such as Hockney, he developed a visual language all his own. Just this year a portrait by Costello from the same period has been added to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

More on the artist can be found at his website,

A selection from his CV:

1973-1977 School of The Museum of Fine Arts

Corporate and Public Collections
Federal Reserve
Fidelity Investment
Kemper Collection
The Boston Public Library
The Abrams Collection
Wellington Management

Awards and Residencies
2011 Residency at The Studios at Key West, Key West, FL
2009 International Artists' Residency/Seminar, Budapest
2007 Pollock Krasner Byrdcliffe Master
2007 Byrdcliffe Artist Colony Summer Residency

Dozens of solo and group shows across the country are listed on his website.

SIZE: Framed 25.5"T X 21.5"W: Image 24"T X 20"W

CONDITION: Excellent, as shown. Some very minor wear to frame but nothing that detracts. All issues noted in photos.

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