First Street Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Krigstein: A Graphic Novel by Joseph D’Esposito in gallery 2.
Is he a painter or a comic book artist, or is he both? That’s the story that Joseph D’Esposito wants to tell in a graphic medium. Based on the life of Bernie Krigstein, comic book innovator and painter. Inspired by his crusade to make “comic books” a legitimate medium during the early 50’s. Bernie Krigstein was mostly known for his comic book work, but in certain periods in his life he turned to abstract and impressionist painting. After working in comics he started to illustrate book jackets, album covers, and contributed to magazines like Harpers and American Heritage. Joseph D’Esposito was a student of Bernie Krigstein at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. As a student and comic book fan D’Esposito was influenced by Krigstein’s love of fine art and comic books.
In 1976 D’Esposito got a job working at Continuity Associates for the well-known and influential comic book and graphic artist Neal Adams. D’Esposito assisted him in comic art, commercial art, and T.V. storyboards. Neal Adams enlisted D’Esposito to ink, which then got him credit as a Crusty Bunker. Other Crusty Bunker projects included Six Million Dollar Man, Emergency, and more. D’Esposito assisted on the first Kiss comic in 1977 by drawing details on Gene Simmons boots. His favorite coloring project was the graphic novels Coyote and Scorpio Rose For Eclipse Comics, a few pages of Super Boxers at Marvel Comics. He did layouts for the comic book adaptation for the movie version of 2010 for Marvel Comics. D’Esposito has also been a painter for over the past 20 years. He has exhibited extensively on the East Coast in such venues as The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, N.Y: National Academy of Design, N.Y; First Street Gallery, N.Y; The Museum of the City of New York, N.Y; Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Oregon; Uni Bank, N.Y; Cineric Inc., N.Y; are just some of the collections that Mr. D’Esposito’s paintings are now in.