Upcoming Projects

The MORE Museum, in the Netherlands has chosen my work for the exhibition, Size Matters
a survey of large-scale drawings that employ realism, opening in October, 2024. 

Limbo - "I can't get back the same way I got here-like a place I had known before" pencils, inks, acrylic on paper  96 x 66

What Umbrella will hold their liquid souls?  pencil, acrylic, oil colored pencil on denril  54 x 132

James Pustorino is an artist, curator, and arts organizer and is Executive Director of Victory Hall Inc. a Jersey City based non-profit arts organization. He produces exhibitions and public art projects at his Drawing Rooms art-space as well as directing projects for students and classes for developmentally disabled artists, and publishing books through Victory Hall Press.
Pustorino received a 2019 Fellowship in Painting from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has exhibited in venues throughout the U.S., including Odetta Gallery, NYC, the Columbus Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art, and the Jersey City Museum, and has had solo exhibitions with  Ste. Peter's University, Casa Colombo, and the Watchung Center in NJ, and Chambers 916 Gallery in  Portland, OR. His artwork uses graphic, abstract and realistic form to explore concepts of narrative and spatial/structural composition.   

Books: Universechild and Cosmic Stripsavailable on Amazon
Posters, Prints, Etc. at Fine Art America
Graphic Novels at Invasion Comics

James Michael Pustorino 74 W46 St. Bayonne, NJ 07002   201 208.8032    [email protected]   
Executive Director: Victory Hall Inc. -  DRAWING ROOMS 926 Newark Ave. #T107 Jersey City NJ 07306  [email protected]   drawingrooms.org

Recent  Solo Exhibitions

A Container for the Universe: The Firmament Gallery at Nimbus Dance, Jersey City, May, 2023

Sound of a Star: St Peter's University March 2021

Cosmic Strips: Watchung Center NJ February 2020

Tilted World: Paintings and sculpture about the structure of light
by James Pustorino at Casa Colombo, Jersey City.Nov 5-30, 2019

Spatial Intelligence - Oct-Nov 2014 Odetta Gallery, NYC

March/April 2011  Universechild-
Installation of the 12 drawings that comprise the series.
installation images
reviews and blogs:
Visual Arts Source  https://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=26&aID=818
The Oregonian  https://www.oregonlive.com/art/2011/03/universechild_by_james_pustori.html

April/May 2009  Cosmic Strips- Two-month solo Exhibitions at Chambers 916 gallery, Portland OR
The entire series of almost 20 large-scale works were rotated during the exhibit period.
reviews and blogs:
The Buzz  http://thebuzzbybrian.blogspot.com/2009/04/chamber-is-so-916.html
Portland Mercury   https://www.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2009/04/02/first-thursday-happenings
PM2   https://www.portlandmercury.com/events/1389423/james-pustorino-cosmic-strips

Solo Exhibition of 14 images from the Cosmic Strip and Space We're In series. at John 
Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall Jersey City, NJ September 2007

June- September/08  You Must be Dreaming-  Windows on Columbus and Lobby at 
Columbus & Greene St, Jersey City
Public Installation of work from American studies series.

In my work process I engage concepts and actions that I have classified as Myth, Math, 
Memory, Music, Movement--while in the physical sense, I encounter Materials, the 
Man-Made and the Mark.

Myth is a conceptualization of a reality or truth which is greater than ourselves and provides 
or searches for meaning. Myth is what motivates all to act as we do. Our myths are 
collective, building through our cultures, media and family history. All my work starts with 
myth in some way, with a vision of a structure or image that holds my own or collective 
aspirations. Sometimes, as in the America/landscape series, the myth (America itself) is 
the subject as well.

Math, for me, is the building of a structure, finding the points in space and connecting the 
lines, creating systems, adding and subtracting and balancing the parts. This, when this is 
done through drawing and paint,  is a very different exploration than if one had to build 
objects in physical space, and much more speculative. An inspiration for how I consider 
Myth and Math together is how Einstein and other physics create myth-stories in real 
space-sometimes gridded, diagrammed space, to explain mathematical concepts.   

Memory-as I work, I draw upon experience of art and life: internal images put together from 
what I have seen, places I have been, impressions of light air heaviness solidity etc.

Music provides a poetic pattern that is physically compelling music provides passages 
where different things happen, music tells an abstract story, music culminates into a 
whole experienced and lived through time.

Movement, finally is what I perceive how to effect in the image--it can come first but is 
usually only fully realized at the end.

I work in conceptual series and often whole sets of works are shown together. My exhibits are designed with a sense of story and spectacle that make them appealing to the public.

As a very active exhibition organizer and curator myself, I work with my team and with over 200 individual artists per year to organize and install about 80 solo-room exhibits and
annual large-scale exhibits.I also moderate monthly artist talks and give exhibit tours of other artists' works as well as my own work year-round to people of all ages.
I understand the demands of exhibition spaces and have put together the following  exhibit plans for my work.


There are twenty works from the Cosmic Strips series available for exhibitions. The works are pencil, colored pencil and acrylic on denril, a translucent polypropylene/vellum.
They are panoramic images, all 54" in height and varying in width from 105" to 144". One work is vertical and is 96" high. Denril is a tough, light-weight material that comes in rolls.
The works are stored and transported rolled and are extremely compact. For exhibit purposes, they are simply rolled out and installed directly on the wall with Velcro or Command strips, adhered to a white wall. In galleries, magnets have also been used directly on the images. The works have all been sealed with an acrylic spray and are fairly impervious to touch, wear and public traffic.

Public Interaction: I can be available to discuss and give tours of the works. They are symbolic/narrative in nature and can easily be related to by all ages.
Students or public projects can also be developed that employ the principles of the works.

The Victory Hall Press 88 page book, Cosmic Strips, is published and currently available on Amazon and other online sellers.
Because this is a print-on-demand item, the text can be added to/adapted in order to reflect a new exhibition and institution. 

There is also a poster-sized Chart for The Cosmic Strips 1 and 2

Travel/Installation: These are large-scale works that travel very economically and are very simple to install.       

James Pustorino is an artist, curator, and arts organizer and is Executive Director of Victory Hall Inc. a Jersey City based non-profit arts organization. He produces exhibitions and public art projects at his Drawing Rooms art-space as well as directing projects for students and classes for developmentally disabled artists, and publishing books through Victory Hall Press.
Pustorino spent his formative years as an art-student and  artist in Northern VA, and still maintains a home-base there. 

From an early age, Pustorino's work has been affected by light and landscape. Pustorino began formal training at age 11 at a gallery on the Long Island Sound, and when his family moved to a Northern Virginia area along the Potomac River in his mid-teens in the late 1970s, he continued to explore color, light and abstract form. Identifying early on with the sensibilities of the Washington Color School artists, he added to these his interest in geometry and physics, as well as his graphic design drawing training that emphasized curvilinear and dimensional form. 

He began  been exhibiting art in his teens in Virginia, and received his BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983, with a focus on printmaking, drawing and painting.
continued to work in Virginia exhibiting and organizing exhibitions in 
 exhibited briefly in the East Village, NYC and then began showing and organizing exhibitions in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus and Youngstown, OH. This led to Pustorino having a few major works included in larger exhibits both at the Butler Institute, and at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. Pustorino moved to the Jersey City area in 1997 and continued to exhibit  in venues throughout the U.S., including Odetta Gallery, NYC, and the Jersey City Museum, and has had solo exhibitions with Chambers 916 Gallery in Portland, OR, and recent solo exhibitions in Casa Colombo and Watchung Art Center in NJ..

 Pustorino’s large-scale compositions engage concepts of language and pictorialization, through varying systems of mark-making and adopted ‘cultural’ forms, positive/negative space, concepts of unfinished/finished, as well as representational/abstract. His work focuses on invention of form and the optics of color and is created in thematic series produced on various substrates and in various media. He compares his process to creating a musical composition using specific musical instruments or tones to create an abstract ''narrative'.