Anthony Michael Autorino (1937 – 2015)
The son of Italian immigrants, Anthony Michael Autorino was born on September 29, 1937 in Montclair, New Jersey. As a teenager, Autorino enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served an eight-year tour. His expertise in the field of cryptography landed him in Paris in the mid-1950s as an Air Force sergeant working at the United States Embassy.
While in Paris, Anthony became quite involved in the art community which reinforced his desire to make painting his career focus. Upon returning to the United States in 1961, Autorino divided time painting between upstate New York and New England. By the mid-1960s, New York City had become the center of activity for the career of this highly regarded young artist.
By 1968, disillusioned by the hustle and bustle, Autorino made the decision to relocate. His passion for paintings nature and the outdoors led him to the Delaware Valley. Charmed by the welcoming art community, New Hope would be the home of the new studio/gallery named “The Gallery” on Mechanic Street. In 1982, “The Gallery” was relocated across the river to neighboring Lambertville, New Jersey, where it remained for twenty years.
In the 1980s, he took up residence and studio in Buckingham, Pennsylvania, at the former home of renowned New Hope Impressionist, George Sotter.
Largely self-taught, Anthony exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York City, the Salmagundi Club, the Allied Artists, the American Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. He has received many awards and honors for his paintings, which are represented in numerous private, institutional and corporate collections internationally.
His preferred medium is oil and he draws inspiration from his local predecessors, such as Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, William Lathrop, George Sotter and Robert Spencer as well as “Hudson River School” great, George Inness.
Autorino’s work is unique in style and combines an early twentieth century feel with present-day subjects. His soft palette masterfully captures the mood of each individual setting from falling snow to nocturnal views of the Delaware River. Anthony’s work is clearly a continuing chapter in the story of “New Hope School” Impressionist painting.
Source: New Hope for American Art, James Alterman