The SACRIFICE: A Retrospective (1980 - 2013)

Paintings by Joe Orffeo
April 10 - May 9, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday April 10, 6 - 9 p.m.
First Friday Gallery Walk Exhibition open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Gallery Talk with Anthony Bannon, Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center       Wednesday May 6, 6:00 p.m. doors, talk starts immediately at 6:30 p.m.
1120 Main St Buffalo, NY 14209

Eleven Twenty Projects is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the works of Joe Orffeo (1926-2013). The exhibition includes large acrylics on canvas created by Orffeo between the years 1980 - 2013. Many of the works have not been exhibited before.  The Sacrifice: A Retrospective (1980-2013) will open with a reception on Friday, April 10, from 6-9pm and the exhibition will run from April 10 – May 9, 2015. 
Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm, Friday May 1, 11a.m. - 9 p.m. and by appointment.

Eleven Twenty Projects will host a gallery talk, “A Remembrance of Joe” with Burchfield Penney Art Center director Anthony Bannon on Wednesday May 6 at 6:30pm. Bannon has known Orffeo’s work for years, calling him an artist “who pledges no allegiance, steals the fire...with fierce colors, he paints of death with a great ascent to life in the present, he worries about the future.

This exhibit is in conjunction with the Joe Orffeo Retrospective II at Meibohm Fine Arts at 478 Main St, East Aurora, NY which runs from March 20 - April 18, 2015.


  The Sacrifice  1987 48" x 72" acrylic on canvas

The Sacrifice 1987 48" x 72" acrylic on canvas

  New World s 1998 36" x 39" acrylic on canvas

New Worlds 1998 36" x 39" acrylic on canvas

  The Circus  1991 42" x 50" acrylic on canvas

The Circus 1991 42" x 50" acrylic on canvas

 Joe Orffeo Photo by Mark Strong

Joe Orffeo Photo by Mark Strong

Artist Biography:

Joseph Angelo Orffeo (American, 1926-2013) Western New York artist, painter, sculptor, and WWII Veteran studied at the Art Institute of Buffalo in the 1940’s and 50’s with influence from the likes of Robert Noel Blair (American, 1912-2003) and Charles Ephraim Burchfield (American, 1893-1967). Orffeo’s art developed in an atmosphere of experimentation, spanning several decades and through multiple mediums.

Whether inspired by the local countryside, southwestern mesas, or pure imagination, Orffeo’s watercolor works might best be described by Anthony Bannon, Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, “…Orffeo reduces, simplifies, clarifies the visions that are given to him. But his is a vision that begins in a voluptuous manner, in many colors, and absolutely unheard of before.”

Orffeo’s work is featured in the following collections: Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Vern Stein Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Dean Perry, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; Rich Products Corporation, Buffalo, NY; Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY and numerous private collections. 

*Biographical information courtesy of Mark Strong, Meibohm Fine Arts