Well-Fed Artist Press

WELL-FED ARTIST PRESS is my artist-run imprint. I think it's important for artists to create opportunities for themselves and others, even as they participate in more conventional commercial ventures. Well-Fed Artist Press has to date produced seven--soon to be eight-- publications: a full-length memoir, five exhibition catalogs, and a volume celebrating the 10-year anniversary of one series, Silk Road. An anthology is coming soon.

Italianità: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience


300 pages, hardcover, fully illustrated

Fifty-nine artists—most Italian American, others from throughout the diaspora—have contributed to this anthology, sharing through stories how italianità, Italianness, informs our art. Fully of our time, we are nevertheless inspired personally and creatively by an intimate connection to the language and traditions of our immigrant forebears. Italianità features a Foreword by the scholar Joseph Sciorra and an illustrated essay by the book's editor, Joanne Mattera.

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Tutto and Related Works 
56 pages

 a new series begun in 2022, continues the formal themes I have been working with for the past several years: a divided field, strong emphasis on the horizontal, and saturated color. With Tutto, Italian for everything, I have employed a variety of mediums and materials to explore these ideas, hence the title.
$18 print; viewable at no charge
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Looking Sharp: A Retrospective of Chromatic Geometries
40 pages

Looking Sharp: A Retrospective of Chromatic Geometries is a survey of paintings and works on paper shown in my solo exhibition at Miller White Fine Arts, Dennis, Mass. The volume includes images from the Chromatic Geometry, Diamond Life and Soie series, which span the past decade, 2012 to 2022.
$15 print; viewable online at no charge 
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Vita: A Memoir
208 pages, fully illustrated

Subtitled Growing Up Italian, Coming Out, and Making a Life in Art, this volume recounts my Italian-American childhood in the Fifties, coming of age in the Sixties, coming out as gay in the Seventies, and my ongoing life as an artist. Writing in Two Coats of Paint, Sharon Butler describes the volume as “a personal pleasure and a professional revelation.”
$45 print; $10 digital. Order here

. Sharon Butler's Two Coats of Paint review, Joanne Mattera Remembers
Deanna Sirlin’s interview with me in The Art Section, A Life in Art

From Dawn to Dusk
36 pages, fully illustrated, with essays by curator Ellen Hackl Fagan and artist Joanne Mattera

From Dawn to Dusk accompanied my 35th career solo of the same name, which took place at ODETTA Gallery in New York City, October-November, 2019.

$18 print; viewable online at no charge
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30 pages, fully illustrated, with essays by Zola Solamente and Carol Pelletier

Fifty/Fifty accompanied my eponymous solo at Arden Gallery, Boston. The exhibition was my ninth solo with the gallery, which has represented me for 20 years, and my 34th career solo.
$18 print; viewable online at no charge

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Silk Road
2016, second edition
54 pages, fully illustrated with paintings and installation views as well as review excerpts

This volume marks 10 years with one series. While my studio practice embraces a range of reductive color fields and geometric abstraction in a variety of mediums, Silk Road, the series, now numbers over 400 small and mid-size paintings in encaustic.
$18 print; viewable online at no charge

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