203 FINE ART


1335 Gusdorf Rd. Suite i
Taos, NM  87571
[ 575 ]  751 - 1262  -  email: art@203fineart.com
               





 Louis Catusco (1927-1995)  

A Navy veteran from World War II, Louis used his GI Bill benefits to study art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in the 1940’s. Of all the mystics, poets, eccentrics & visionaries among the Taos Moderns, Louis is the most enigmatic. In 1950 he came to Taos to work with Louis Ribak at the Taos Valley Art School, settling here permanently in 1963. After winning many awards, both local & state, Louis dropped out of the Taos art scene to continue his work in solitude.

Catusco placed a high value on experimentation & his paintings are an expression of his feelings on the act of artistic creation. His art operates on a deep level from a personal, primary spirituality. His late collages are dynamic expressions of inspired obsession emanating from sources, both primal & mysterious. They elude simple classification, giving Catusco’s legacy an air of mystery.

In his last years, Catusco became even more removed from society,limiting his contact with the public to occasional letters to the editor of The Taos News. A pack of unusually vicious dogs further insured his privacy. Like many struggling artists he both hid from attention,(once leading Taos art journalist Tricia Hurst on a mad chase through the Safeway grocery store trying to avoid an interview), while, at the same time, complaining about the lack of rewards
given to his artistic pursuits.


SCHOOLS OF STUDY
Brooklyn Museum Art School - under John Ferren and Xavier Gonzales

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Watercolor U.S.A., Springfield, Mo. Art Museum, 1970
National Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Oklahoma Art Center, 1974
One-Man Shows, Gallery of Modern Art, Taos, 1969 to 1973
Museum of Fine Arts Biennials, Santa Fe, 1964 to 1973
Joslyn Art Museum Biennial, Joslyn, Mo , 1970
El Paso Museum of Fine Art, El Paso, Tx., 1972-1973
6th National Exhibiton of Contemporary American Art, Oklahoma Art Center, 1964
One-Man Shows, Stables Gallery, Taos, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974
Southwestern Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum, Tx , 1972

PARTIAL LIST OF COLLECTIONS
Omaha National Bank Omaha, Nebraska
Midland Federal Savings Denver, Colorado
Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, New Mexico
Anthony Quinn Hollywood, California
Mr. and Mrs. E. Minelli Massapequa, New York
Mr. and Mrs. M. Levy New York, New York
Mr. Jon Harris Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mrs. James Federico Hauppauge, New York
Tricia Jones Taos, New Mexico
Bill Bomar Taos, New Mexico
Mary Shiras Taos, New Mexico


Selected works currently in our inventory :


Images are not to scale.


"Winter Calligraphy"
  acrylic & ink on paper
  24" H x 19" W 





"Elegy VII"
  oil & acrylic collage on board - 1962
  21 1/4" H x 27 1/4" W 





"American Series #5"
  oil on masonite - c. 1950
48" H x 35" W 





"Vision 5"
  oil on paper - c. 1950s
22" H x 18" W 





"Untitel 1"
  unframed ink & watercolor - 1988
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 2"
  unframed ink, watercolor, & acrylic - 1985
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 3"
  unframed ink - 1988
19" H x 12" W 





"Untitel 4"
  unframed ink & watercolor - c. 1980s
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 5"
  unframed ink & watercolor - c. 1980s
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 6"
  unframed ink & watercolor - 1987
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 7"
  unframed ink & watercolor - 1987
15" H x 22" W 





"Untitel 8"
  unframed ink & watercolor - 1987
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 9"
  unframed ink & watercolor - 1986
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 10"
  unframed ink & watercolor - 1988
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 11"
unframed ink & watercolor - 1987
22" H x 13.5" W 





"Untitel 12"
  unframed ink & watercolor - c. 1980s
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 13"
  unframed ink & watercolor - c. 1980s
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 14"
  unframed ink & watercolor - 1988
22" H x 15" W 





"Untitel 15"
  unframed ink & watercolor - 1987
22" H x 13.5" W