b. 1973, United States

Joe Iurato Artworks

Painted with aerosol and multi-layered stencils, Joe Iurato's murals and cut-outs are rendered in a clean illustrative aesthetic that is photo-realistic in its descriptive detail. His outdoor works directly engage with their urban settings and the artist's everyday experiences.

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Murals

For years, Iurato has been stencilling his own particular style of street art on walls across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Inspired by his everyday experiences, particularly as a father, many of his large- and small-scale murals feature children in the midst of play or sometimes sulking.

In 2011, Iurato created a stencilled work on a gate for Brooklyn's the Bushwick Collective. The mural depicts a child spray painting the phrase 'Never Let Go' onto the pavement in front of the artwork, which Iurato himself has spray painted onto the sidewalk. Such an environmental interaction is typical of his work.

Iurato works from photographs cut to make layers of stencils, which he then applies to his chosen surface. Colour is sometimes deployed to accentuate emphasis in one place while the picture itself is often largely black and white. Sometimes, his murals depict only the figures in black and white, while the background is rendered in colour.

Wood Cut-Outs

In the late 2000s, Joe Iurato also began making miniature cut-outs of stencil-painted figures on wood and, more recently, on metal. It began with 'The Climbers Series', where the artist made cut-outs of his climbing hero John Bachar and placed them across New Jersey, where they appeared to be climbing up street signs or along cracks in brickwork.

Typically painted in a nostalgia-inducing black and white, the subjects of Iurato's cutouts have increasingly become more diverse; they include children playing, homeless people, roving musicians, skaters, fisherman in their boats, and much more, all interacting with their settings to tell a story.

Placing and photographing his figures in specific urban settings, Iurato draws attention to the smaller details of our environment. His photographs utilise a viewpoint that manipulates and confounds the viewer's perception of scale and the environment. Puddles become giant lakes, and a crack in the cement becomes a grand climb or a perilous ravine. 'I try to see the possibilities for a larger picture within a smaller space,' the artist has said.

In the Gallery

While remaining dedicated to making art in public space, Iurato has also begun to make assemblages and prints for the gallery space. These include cut-out and reclaimed wood assemblages like the series 'Anotherworld', 'Configured', 'The Run Down' (all 2021), and Manic Progression (2017), as well as more conventional works on paper like 'Drippin' Dots' (2020).

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Gotta Get Over To Get Up by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Joe Iurato Gotta Get Over To Get Up, 2022 Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, and reclaimed wood assemblage Shellac and satin polycrylic finish
60 x 23 x 5 cm
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Configured (Red) by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Joe Iurato Configured (Red), 2021 Spray paint, wooden cutout, reclaimed wood assemblage, satin varnish
61 x 28 x 10.2 cm
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Crosstown Blues free standing  sculptures by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Joe Iurato Crosstown Blues free standing sculptures, 2023 Spray paint on hand scrolled wooden cutout, painted both sides, wooden base, satin varnish
58 x 33 x 14 cm
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Strings Attached (Moon Blue) by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Joe Iurato Strings Attached (Moon Blue), 2023 Spray paint on hand scrolled wooden cutout, satin varnish, wood assemblage
71 x 53 x 6 cm
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Easy Rider (Nightlife) by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Joe Iurato Easy Rider (Nightlife), 2022 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
115 x 145 cm
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New Spring by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Joe Iurato New Spring, 2022 Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, and reclaimed wood assemblage; Shellac and satin polycrylic finish
75 x 113 x 7 cm
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The Story Goes by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Joe Iurato The Story Goes, 2022 Spray paint and acrylic on heavyweight Arches 300 gsm paper
61 x 46 cm
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Starkeeper (Midnight Blue) by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting
Joe Iurato Starkeeper (Midnight Blue), 2022 Spray paint on canvas
150 x 100 cm
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The Answer (In Clear Skies) by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting
Joe Iurato The Answer (In Clear Skies), 2022 Spray paint on canvas
120 x 90 cm
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Cosmic Kid (The Future Is Unwritten) by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting
Joe Iurato Cosmic Kid (The Future Is Unwritten), 2022 Spray paint on canvas
120 x 120 cm
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Batkid Returns Home (With A Sidekick) by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Joe Iurato Batkid Returns Home (With A Sidekick), 2022 Spray paint on hand scrolled wooden cutout, reclaimed wood assemblage, and satin polycrylic finish
60 x 35 x 6 cm
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The Story Goes by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, mixed media
Joe Iurato The Story Goes, 2022 Spray paint on hand scrolled wooden cutout, reclaimed wooden base from Indonesian fishing vessel, satin polycrylic finish, freestanding
58 x 48 x 13 cm
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New Spring by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato New Spring Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, and reclaimed wood assemblage, Shellac, and satin polycrylic finish
38 x 40 x 6 cm
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The People Downstairs by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato The People Downstairs Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutouts, and reclaimed wood assemblage, Shellac, and satin polycrylic finish
56 x 71 x 5 cm
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Inheritance by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato Inheritance Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, and reclaimed wood assemblage, Shellac, and satin polycrylic finish
56 x 61 x 5 cm
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Captain by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato Captain Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, and reclaimed wood assemblage; Shellac and satin polycrylic finish
61 x 56 x 8 cm
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Gotta Get Over To Get Up by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato Gotta Get Over To Get Up Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, and reclaimed wood assemblage, Shellac, and satin polycrylic finish
60 x 23 x 5 cm
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Rough Gig by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato Rough Gig Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, wood panel and reclaimed wood assemblage, Shellac, and satin polycrylic finish
65 x 33 x 8 cm
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The Run Up by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato The Run Up Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, wood panel and reclaimed wood assemblage, Shellac, and satin polycrylic finish
68 x 20 x 8 cm
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Modern Love by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato Modern Love Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, and reclaimed wood assemblage, Shellac, and satin polycrylic finish
50 x 68 x 5 cm
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The Seafarer by Joe Iurato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Joe Iurato The Seafarer Spray paint, hand scrolled wooden cutout, and reclaimed wood assemblage, Shellac and satin polycrylic finish
45 x 68 x 5 cm
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