Edited by Caitlin Cesa

Capturing iconic images and internal emotions, this month’s artists have a lot to say with the pieces they create.

Burton Morris

Photograph from Chloe Raskin

Pittsburgh-born pop artist Burton Morris is best known for his graphic depictions of everyday objects that portray today’s pop culture, as well as his use of bold outlines and bright colors. Morris is arguably one of the most sought-after pop artists by companies and institutions looking for a fresh take on corporate culture. In collaboration with Playboy Enterprises, Morris and Taglialatella Galleries are pleased to present Painting Playboy: Burton Morris, an exhibition of original paintings inspired by the historical connection between Playboy and pop art. In Painting Playboy, Morris has revisited the deep roots of Playboy’s past artist collaborations by exploring one of the most iconic and recognizable images beyond any pictorials from the famous magazine: the Playboy Bunny logo. Taglialatella Galleries will host an opening reception on November 9 at its flagship location, and the exhibition will be open to the public on November 10-December 8. In light of the recent passing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, the show will be dedicated in his honor, celebrating the bunny icon he made so famous. burtonmorris.com. taglialatellagalleries.com.

Burton Morris, Painting Playboy: Burton Morris, Acrylic, Spray Paint, and Silkscreen Ink on Canvas, each canvas is 16” X 12,” 2017. Photograph from Chloe Raskin

Maria DeSimone Prascak

Photograph from The National Aviary

Pittsburgh artist Maria DeSimone Prascak has been passionate about art her entire life and is celebrating 35 years in business at Maria’s Ideas, perched in Pittsburgh’s South Side Slopes. Working in acrylics and other media, including watercolor, pen and ink, and mixed media, she is inspired by her love of nature, as well as all things magical and fantastical. DeSimone Prascak has been featured on local television shows and in national magazines, and her work has been displayed in designer show houses. This year, she will be the featured artist for the National Aviary’s Wings & Wildlife Art Show November 3-5! mariasideas.com.

Maria DeSimone Prascak, Flamingo Party, Acrylic, 48” X 48,” 2017. Photograph from JP Diroll

Carolyn Pierotti

Photograph from Heather Mull

Carolyn Pierotti is the vice president of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA), as well as the director and curator at Percolate Gallery in Wilkinsburg, and Purple Room Fine Art Consulting LLC. The Carlow University alumna paints what it is to be a woman, focusing on the internal turmoil that women face with physicality, career, and motherhood, and how this manifests externally. Most of her figurative images are celebratory, although some are haunting, a direct reflection of her feelings of insecurity and loneliness as a female artist. Her new exhibit, “Distortion,” will open at Boxheart Gallery on November 25. purplepierotti.com.

Carolyn Pierotti, Blue III, Industrial Paint on Paper, 20” X 16,” 2017. Photograph from Boxheart Gallery

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