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Welcome to the home of the art of Paul Bonelli
Studio Arrabbiata

About the Artist

Paul Bonelli was born and raised in northern New Jersey, and now resides in the state's shore region. He studied art at the College of William and Mary, Montclair State University, and most recently at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he earned an MFA in printmaking in 1995.
The woodcut print has been his primary medium of expression for the past 24 years. His woodcut prints have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in his home state, as well as other regions of the country, and are included in several important print collections.
In addition to his positions as an adjunct professor of art at Kean University in Union, NJ, and as an adjunct assistant professor at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ, the artist has demonstrated his art and techniques at colleges and art centers around the country, and at the Printmaking Council of New Jersey.


(hand colored woodcut)



Artist Statement

If there is a common aspect to all my work, it is that it is all about stuff that interests me, everything from biology, to history, to religion, to popular culture. Much of my imagery is of common objects and situations, but with themes that go beyond mere representation. Above all, I try to make art that works on a purely visual level, so viewers can appreciate my work even if they don't know or understand the background. People usually classify my visual style as a cross between pop and expressionism, which fits in with my main influences being comic books, mid 20th century animation, Frans Masereel, and the German Expressionists. I work in the medium of woodcut because I enjoy the process and because some of its inherent qualities, such as simplicity of message and availability to the masses, well suit my approach to art.

All images on this website Copyright 2004-2012 Paul Bonelli

Last Updated July 26, 2014

About the Studio


Studio Arrabbiata is now located in the Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove, NJ, in a space shared with Molly Gaston Johnson's Social Animal Press. That's Molly's etching press seen above.


In addition to being our personal workspace, the studio offers classes and workshops, a monthly critique and discussion group, as well as various printmaking related services. Shown above is my cutting and printing area.