Josette Urso's paintings include intense fields of color and shapes she derives from her immediate environment, whether she is working in nature or in her studio looking out across Brooklyn. For her, "Contrasts and cross-fertilizations unfold and are cumulative, non-linear, free flowing and interpretive." Her paintings contain the same lyrical nature and energy found when one spends time looking closely at the world.
Josette has had solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Markel Fine Art in NYC, Chandler Fine Art in San Francisco, and the Art in Embassy Program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has received awards including grants from The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Basil H. Alkazzi and residencies from Yaddo, Ucross and the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany. Her work is included in collections, including the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL; the U.S. Department of State, DC; and the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC. Josette's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, and she was the focus of a BRIC Arts Media Feature Artist Interview.