december, 2017

7dec6:30 pm- 10:30 pmCody PryseskiOpening Reception


Event Details

Cody Pryseski at The Alchemy of Art

                       From December 7th 2017  to December 31st 2017

                      Open Reception Thurs. Dec. 7th 2017 from 6:30pm till 10:30pm


This current body of work emphasizes the aging, solitude, passive interaction between the artist, his surrounding urban landscape and the parallel of those within it. Working from life is essential. Inspiration is key. Figuratively I try to capture the models’ blemishes, psychology, flesh and the coursing veins beneath.  Architecturally I’m pursuing the juxtaposition between the19th century facades and its semblance in modern life.This brings additional texture to the work, allowing for the artist to manipulate the play of light and rendering the figure more expressive. Pryseski is inspired by Stephen Conroy, Phillip Pearlstein, and Chuck Close (whom he met when he accidentally stumbled into Close’s SoHo gallery). But his work is most strongly influenced by Lucien Freud. Cody saw Freud’s’ first U.S. show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1993. The well-worn brochure from that show remains in his studio today, always close at hand for inspiration.

Cody grew up in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from MICA in 1996 with a degree in painting and drawing and maintains a studio in Baltimore.

Cody Pryseski is a Baltimore-based artist specializing in portrait and figurative oil paintings. He takes a humanist approach to painting, believing in the value of classical, traditional training and techniques. Inspiration is key, but then you have to put in the work. His attention to detail and quality compels him to continually re-work his canvases, until he achieves the right mood.

The goal is to capture the personality, even the psychology, of his subject.

Willem de Kooning said, “Flesh is the reason why oil painting was invented.” Pryseski uses the impasto technique, thickly layering his figures with oil paint.

Contact info for Cody Pryseski: email: [email protected]


phone: 410-852-5641

The Alchemy of Art is a local contemporary gallery focusing on but not limited to local up and coming artist. The building itself is a unique space as it is a converted convent and the gallery is on the entry level and one of the two rooms is the old chapel room with beautiful arched ceilings.  Along with the gallery there is a boutique which carries local made art and goods. The gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 12:30pm to 6:30pm and 1pm to 6pm on Sunday but subject to change. To keep posted on hours of operation and events follow us on facebook at and keep an eye on our website


(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm


The Alchemy of Art

1637 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD 21231