Warren Prosperi is probably best known for his compelling classical portraits and historical murals, created in collaboration with Lucia Prosperi, his wife and an accomplished photographer in her own right. The paintings are a unique collaboration of painter and photographer – rather than painting from the photographs, Warren uses her photography to inform the eye, inspire the image and reference the series of “decisive moments” that create the vision of the painting.
Among the notable works by Prosperi are murals such as “Ether Day, 1846”, a painting commissioned by Mass General Hospital depicting the first use of anesthetic in the operating room, “The Battle of Bunker Hill” capturing the moment of the first casualty of the American Revolution, and murals for Rhode Island Hospital depicting care in 1868 and 2000.
Other important paintings by Prosperi include:
- Jerry Austen & Sam Thier, former leaders of Partners Healthcare in Boston (two of the over thirty portraits commissioned for MGH, presently hanging throughout the hospital)
- Seven historic murals on permanent display at the Joslin Diabetic Clinic
- Donlin Long, former Chief Neurosurgeon Johns Hopkins
- Retired Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger
- Vartan Gregorian, President Carnegie Institute
- Adele Simmons, former President, MacArthur Foundation
- Barry Mills, former President of Bowdoin College.
Their painting, “Epiphany 3,” is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, permanent collection, and hangs in the Penny & Jeff Vinik Gallery in the Museum’s new wing.
David Croll, President of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and a collector of American Impressionism and Boston School paintings, is a longtime admirer of Warren Prosperi’s work.
“He’s probably one of the best contemporary figurative painters I’ve seen,’’ Croll says. “[Looking at a Prosperi painting] you know it’s a current artist, with a sensibility that’s modern, but it’s also an academic painting, classically representational.”
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The producers of this documentary are seeking institutional support and funding partners to complete this work, already well in progress.
For more information please contact:
Mark Purushotham at MercyPictures@gmail.com
Peter D’Angelo at Pda88@Mac.com
About the team:
Mark Purushotham – Producer & Director
Mark has worked in the media communications field for twenty years. Programming he has contributed to has appeared on MSNBC, The History Channel, and the A&E Network. He was the Co-Producer of “Race to the Moon,” a documentary on the Apollo 8 Space Mission which appeared as part of the prestigious “American Experience” Series on PBS.
Mark has done extensive media work for the national agencies that represent the United Methodist Church and is currently working as a consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Washington, D.C. on a national media project focused on Grassroots organizations across the country that are addressing the issues of Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse in local communities.
Mark is also in production on a documentary project centered on Global Health, especially as it relates to women and children in the developing world affected by HIV & AIDS. For that project, he has traveled to India as well as Uganda.
Peter D’Angelo – Producer & Lighting Designer
Peter is a set lighting technician who has been working in various phases of the film business since 1984. A member of IATSE Local 481, he has recently been employed as a Rigging Grip on a number of major motion pictures filmed in the greater Boston area including R.I.P.D., That’s My Boy, The Town, Grown Ups, Surrogates, Edge of Darkness, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and many more. While working for New England’s largest Grip & Lighting Company, High Output, Peter was a field technician on numerous television commercials for both national and regional clients, worked with the White House Communications Agency, was a crew member
on Presidential debates and Primaries for both ABC and NBC Television, and worked with Academy Award Director Errol Morris on his documentary feature film, Standard Operating Procedure.
Tim Kolb – Director of Photography & Editor
Tim is an Emmy, Chicago Film Festival Hugo, and Telly Award-winning director. A 20-year veteran of video and television production, he serves as a program producer and first unit director for video programs, television commercials, and live corporate events. Tim judges Emmys and Tellys and is an advisor to Adobe Systems and CineForm. He is also a video/multimedia marketspace consultant for Coleman Research Group, a consulting company serving institutional investment advisors.
The Shoot Diary: Photos from the set of “The First Casualty of Bunker Hill”
Photography by Ted Dillard