Art Biography



Artist Dennis Pelliccia
Thirty eight years of hidden image discoveries.
From Beach Stones, to Van Gogh, to the Cosmos.
In the summer of 1974, Dennis sister Camille asked him to help her
gather stones near their Shelter Island beach house for an art
project. Camille was surprised to see an image that looked like a
bear. Dennis was also struck by the form of a human figure in the beach
stones. To emphasize this perception, he blacked out all but the
figure and fastened the stone to a base. Upon receiving positive
criticism on his first effort, was encouraged to the point where his
basement became a workshop devoted to his work. In time Dennis started
getting much attention in news publications. In February 16, 1976, the
Daily News, Sunday edition wrote an article with photo, " Artist
Leaves No Stone Unturned ". His discovered new art form was further
written about in a Worldwide News paper, the Shelter Island Reporter,
Suffolk Life and the Suffolk Times. What also followed was exhibitions
in many Art Museums, and Galleries. Guild Hall in Easthampton, The
Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, the Vanderbuilt in Centerport and
the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.
An excerpt from an article written by Henry Jackson in the Shelter
island Reporter - year 1976
Dennis's portrait experience is evident in his stone work, in which
some details... in faces, hair texture, and positions of figures...
are almost unnerving.
It my be said that the function of the Artist in society is to convey
his personal vision to others. The fact that what Dennis sees already
exists in nature makes that vision no less his own: an competent a
definition of art as any in man's translation of nature into human
Indeed, Dennis's work is refreshing by virtue of it's honesty. There
is no slackness to be found here... no trace of the over-produced
gaudiness that has consumed much of today's art world.
Here is one resident of Shelter Island demonstrating to us something
of great value... the observation of nature in all her subtleties.
Here in the unspoiled setting that is Shelter Island, that lesson is
especially appropriate. Says Dennis:  This is a beautiful Island. --- Henry Jackson

My Cosmos art came about by a photograph of planet earth taken
by the Apollo 13 Astronauts on their way to the moon. His wife Robin
at that time showed him the photograph and said, doesn't that look
like a face in this picture ? This was the start of an endless journey
into studying the cosmos, bringing hidden figures out of the moon and

During this journey alas... a gift from a lady friend... a Vincent Van
Gogh calender. It was placed on a small table in my home, I looked
down at it sideways. It was one of Vincent's drawing, Wheat Fields
With Cypresses Saint-Remy-June 1889. Their I see a figure, a mysterious naked person,
sad, tears in his eyes and as though tangled in tree branches. This
was my new journey into the study of Vincent Van Gogh's life and art
works. Most recently using my computer to bring out many, many hidden
figures in Vincent's works... in doing so... I can say, I have
proven Vincent Van Gogh's image is in his Starry Night painting.
A poem I wish to share.
Valley Of Dreams
This poem is in honor of Vincent van Gogh and his painting of Starry Night.
Starry, starry, starry night,
I lie beneath the glimmering sky
A cloud above; an angel's stare,
Comforting glow; the moon aware.
Starry, starry, starry night,
A country town in peaceful care,
The houses, steeple, Cypress trees,
People of warmth; a valley of dreams.
Starry, starry, starry night,
Tones of colour; a music blend,
Blue and yellow here and there,
My brush and easel; a tender glare.
Starry, starry, starry night,
A journey's end; no shoes to mend,
I don't regret my heart's bequest,
My work is done...perhaps my best.
Starry, starry, starry night,
Uphill is past, I can now rest.
One of Vincent and Theo Van Gogh's favorite poems... mine too.

" Uphill " by Christina Rossetti, an English Poet of Italian descent.
Does the road go uphill all the way ?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the journey take the whole long day ?
from morn till night my friend.

A Corner In The Garden Of Saint-Paul Hospital.

May 1889 Saint-Remy / painting by Vincent Van Gogh
In the right bottom corner of this painting (B&W photo copy-color
applied) are "Symblolic Images" of a boot treading on two bearded men
which I believe to be figures of Vincent and Theo Van Gogh. An
expression painted by Vincent to illustrate how they the towns people
of Arles were stomping on them unjustly.
Letter / Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh :  22 March 1889
Now let us be as firm as possible and, in short, not let them tread
too painfully on our toes.
From the start I have been faced with very mischievous opposition
here. All this stir will naturally be good for "impressionism," but
you and I as individuals will suffer because of a pack of skunks and

links /
Do You See What I See ? Youtube music videos
My Discoveries of Hidden Images in Van Gogh, Gauguin, Da Vinci, Paul
Bril, Claude Monet, Rembrant and Roelandt Savery paintings.

I believe an Artist's work should be used as a tool to educate, motivate, encourage, uplift the spirit.
To stimulate a person's mind to seek knowledge of the world around us and it's Creator; and especially,
to spark the inner potential talents of others. If an Artist work can inspire a person in just one of these ways,
all the many hours spent creating Art , has been worthwhile." --- Dennis Pelliccia

These words where published in a worldwide news paper thirty five years ago.