Graffiti Inspires Fine Art

By Michelle Costanza

January 19, 2013 Updated Jan 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Many artists are inspired by their surroundings, but one local painter takes graffiti into a new light.

Jim DiLucia uses stencils, patterns and graffiti to achieve a modern feel in his artwork.

The oil painter lives in Rochester, where he's heavily influenced by the street art he sees in his daily environment. He incorporates muted color and line work on canvases to evoke the viewer's emotions.

"He's been working independently now for 10 years, he's really really talented and we're really excited to have him here displaying his work," said Abbey Hendrickson, executive director at Tioga County Council of Arts.

A special reception was held on Friday night in Owego to display DiLucia's work. His paintings will be featured in the Owego gallery through the end of January.

The council highlights new artwork each month, some from working artists and some for non-profit organizations.

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