Curated by Peter Hastings Falk
February 1 – March 17, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday, February 1 at 7 pm
Quite literally rescued from the dumpster, is a body of work that has enjoyed international attention since its salvage and will now be on show in OSilas Gallery. Although the artist died in obscurity and found little commercial success in his lifetime, Pinajian’s works are highly valued by collectors as evidenced by resent sales.
In 1999 Arthur Pinajian died an unknown artist whose obsession with art—creating it, thinking about it, writing about it—consumed his life. He devoted himself to art and created thousands of works on canvas, paper and any other surface on which he could paint or draw. When he died, he left behind stacks of canvases in a dirt-floor garage and the attic of his sister’s home in Bellport, Long Island.
Art historian William Innes Homer said of Pinajian, “When Pinajian hits the mark, especially in his abstractions, he can be ranked among the best artists of his era.” This exhibition features Pinajian’s abstract landscapes from both Woodstock and Bellport, New York, the two primary locations where he painted, and covers the period from 1958 to 1994.
As Homer wrote of Pinajian’s work, “When all is said and done, this oeuvre is important both because it represents an artist’s life in its totality and because within it is found a prize legacy that will endure for posterity.”