Cassidy Boyuk

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Cassidy Boyuk

Aged 20

The Florence Academy of Art

Instructor(s): Daniela Astone, Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund, Tanvi Pathare, Toby Neve, Richard Greathouse, Maureen Hyde

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  • Artworks

Andrea

Oil paint

85 x 50 cms (33 1/4 x 19 1/2 ins)

Valario

Oil on canvas

85 x 45 cms (33 1/4 x 17 1/2 ins)

Giovanni

Charcoal and white chalk on toned Arches paper

100 x 60 cms (39 1/4 x 23 1/2 ins)

Beatrice

Charcoal and white chalk on grey Roma paper

70 x 50 cms (27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins)

Elle

Charcoal and white chalk on toned Arches paper

70 x 50 cms (27 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins)

Laocoön Cast Drawing

Charcoal and white chalk on toned Arches paper

100 x 60 cms (39 1/4 x 23 1/2 ins)

Teresa

Charcoal and white chalk on toned Arches paper

100 x 45 cms (39 1/4 x 17 1/2 ins)

Fabiola

Charcoal and white chalk on toned Arches

100 x 50 cms (39 1/4 x 19 1/2 ins)

Quintiero

Charcoal and white chalk on toned Arches paper

90 x 40 cms (35 1/4 x 15 1/2 ins)

Teresa, II

Charcoal and white chalk on Roma paper

90 x 40 cms (35 1/4 x 15 1/2 ins)

I intend to pursue multiple goals in the future as a working artist. I hope to build a portfolio of independent pieces and attain gallery showings. I am also looking forward to teaching, either with an established Academy or through workshops. I was given the opportunity to start learning this craft at an early age, so teaching realism to young people is especially important to me. Finally, I am interested in working out of Washington, D.C. and specializing in portrait commissions for government officials and prominent leaders. Portraiture has always been a favorite focus of mine and I am driven to capture the beauty, humanity and life force in each person I put to canvas. 

In my independent work, my goal is to paint pieces that translate the experience of perception through the language of classical realism. My focus will be deconstructing the visual world to show how humans construct it. I want my work to rely heavily on optics, capturing the sensation and immediacy of the way that we see. In this way, I believe art is able to communicate beauty by dissolving the subject and extending the viewer beyond sight. There’s nothing humans can do to ever experience anything other than our own consciousness, and that’s exactly why I believe that classical realism matters. I want my paintings to have a universal appeal by capturing the external world through our subjective perception of it. 

I began training at 15 in a small atelier in my hometown, Columbus, Ohio. There I studied the fundamentals of classical realism under Michael Cooley for three hours a day after school and six hours a day during the summers. I completed the program at age 18.  While in high school, I was a three-time winner of The US Congressional Art Competition, with my work hanging in the Capital Building in Washington DC for two consecutive years. 

Upon graduating high school, I entered the Florence Academy of Art and I am now completing my second year. In my first year, I was awarded both the best figure drawing of the year and the best cast drawing of the year. I’ve also been awarded a work-study scholarship to help pay for my education. 

I plan to finish the program and hope to stay for a residency year after graduating. This summer, I will teach my first set of workshops on figure drawing at a studio space in Columbus. The workshops will consist of 4 classes each, and students will learn to work from a live model using the methods of the old masters. 

 

Additional references:

Michael Cooley - cooleym21@gmail.com 

Dan Gerdeman - dgerdem@yahoo.com