Bill Giacalone- Artist
“I work in vivid colors,” says Bill Giacalone, a painter and sculptor for more than fifty years who has exhibited in galleries ranging from New York City to Barcelona. “The object is to create movement and vibration by the juxtaposition of color. The interplay of color is as important to my work as the flow of the design itself.”
After graduating high school, Bill joined the U.S. Navy and served throughout World War II on destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres, where he saw action in the Okinawa and Iwo Jima campaigns. He was amongst the first servicemen to see first-hand the devastation of the atomic bomb at Nagasaki. Compelled by news of the Holocaust, he went to Palestine and fought on behalf of the fledgling State of Israel in the War of Independence as a scout in the Palmach.
After the war, he studied at the Art Students League and Cooper Union in New York City and was inspired by such artists as Max Beckmann, Henri Matisse, and Amedeo Modigliani. Bill was married in 1955 and raised three children in Highland Park, N.J.