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The Jack of Swords



Michael Costello is an established painter active in Boston and Provincetown who works from life. Costello studied at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts under Barnett Rubinstein working as an optical realist. His focus at this time was on 20th century objects and their iconographic place in history. In 1978, he moved to Provincetown Mass where he has actively shown for over 30 years. In Provincetown, he was noticed by the late painter Alice Neel, who encouraged him to continue his work with the figure. In 1984, he moved his studio back to Boston and began working with Barbara Singer Fine Art who was instrumental in introducing his work to the corporate art collections in the area. At this time. he started traveling to Europe annually to work plein aire as well as working in various artist residencies. In 2008, Costello became the first recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Masters to Byrdcliffe. In 2018, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC acquired Costello’s drawing of Aurileo Battagila done from life in Provincetown in 1979. Costello currently splits his time between his studio in Boston and Provincetown where he continues to search for our innate humanness.

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