Michael Costello

Region: Northeast

 My work explores the anxiety of humankind in the twenty-first century. My goal is to capture the human body in all its vulnerability by celebrating our perceived flaws. In order to demystify the nude, one has to find beauty in the grotesque, yet in an affectionate manner. My subjects are imperfect and I do not flatter them. I paint them with emotional honesty. Their nudity becomes a vehicle for presenting the psychology of the sitter over the formality of portraiture, allowing me to discover and pierce the unconscious. I choose my models for their ability to inspire empathy for our universal humanness, and their capacity to confront the truth within ourselves as to what we believe to be beautiful.