Artist Statement

... painting at
Wat Suthat, Bangkok

Wall painting

I am a New Yorker. I started my career as an Abstract Expressionist. The setting was the Avanti Galleries in Manhattan. The year was 1973.

As my knowledge of art deepened and my skills evolved, I progressively turned toward Realism.

Historical architecture has been a strong interest of mine all along.

In New York City, during the 1970s, I participated in  the preservation and landmarking of the 19th century family mansions that stood between Fifth and Madison Avenues. These elegant ancestral homes were threatened by real estate developers too eager to tear them down and erect instead apartment high-rises. Back then I resided at the Gould-Jennings Mansion located opposite the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Fifth Avenue.

I have felt drawn to foreign cultures since I was a boy.  I spent some time in Algeria during the early 1960s. I went on to study Cultural Anthropology at Lehman College, focusing on Nippon Bunmei (Japanese civilization) and Japanese at The New School for Social Research. I moved to Kyoto, settled down in a traditional house on Mount Diamonji, and wrote essays. I travelled round China, Tibet, the South Pacific, Central America and Egypt. I took courses in Sanskrit, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and later on learnt ThaI.

For a number of years, I taught pastel painting at the YWCA, 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan. I ran my atelier of restoration of painted antiques and executed murals in private residences.

In 1990, I relocated to the Orient. After sojourning in India,  I moved to Thailand. From my base in Bangkok, in the manner of the Orientalist artists of old, for twenty-five years I roamed South Asia, the Far East, and South-East Asia. In situ, I recorded in India-ink and watercolour on paper  Hindu and Buddhist sacred monuments and their arts. My work received the approbation of the Asia and Pacific bureau of UNESCO-WORLD HERITAGE. I  researched the engineering and the symbolism entrenched in those awesome mystical constructions, published articles (Sawaddi Magazine); and lectured at The Bangkok National Museum, and other venues.

The East and West  Galleries in my website contain a retrospective of the artworks that I created during the past twenty-five years in Asia, therefore you will notice stylistic and topical changes. The oil paintings on Canvas represent various stages of my existence, among these are scenes of my childhood, Catholic upbringing, love of horses, and travels.

The cat portrait series is my latest output.  I cared for nine street cats in Bangkok. Through daily interacting with them we got very close and I got to perceive beneath the fur astonishing and endearing personalities—thus the series: Cats, Family Portraits. But with a whimsical twist, for some of these canvases are inspired by portraits painted by 18th, 19th, and early 20th century masters.

My exhibitions were written up in The Nation, The Bangkok Post, and other publications in Thailand, The New York Times, New York Post, The Village Voice in the U.S.A., the Asahi Shimbun in Japan, and in the French press. I appeared on Television and radio programs in the East and the West.

Education

Lycee Charlemagne, Paris

Herbert H. Lehman College, N.Y.C.(Cultural Anthropology)

New School for Social Research, N.Y.C. (Japanese Studies)

Internship, The Asia Society, The Rockefeller Collection of Asian Arts, N.Y.C.

Professional Activities

Art restorer and muralist, N.Y.C.

Art Teacher: 53rd Street YWCA, The Harlem School of the Arts, Manhattan; French Lycee, The International Art Center - the Alliance Francaise, Bangkok.

Organizer of the International Art Festival, Haiti, 1982.

Cultural Anthropological fieldwork, Japan, China, 1983.

Art in the field: Mexico, Guatemala, Nepal, Tibet, Egypt, Polynesia. The Far East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia for twenty-one years.

Art Columnist: Living in Thailand Magazine, American Express Expression Magazine, Bangkok.

Guest Lecturer: The Bangkok National Museum. Topics: Thai traditional painted arts, Japanese Buddhism, Asia's sacred Architecture.

Series of Videos on YouTube

 

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2022 Las Cuevas de Hércules, El Consorcio de Toledo, Toledo, Spain

2003 Carpediem Galleries, Bangkok.

1996 The Hilton International Hotel Gallery, Bangkok, (exhibition sponsored by Nescafe).

1994 The Arnoma Swiss Hotel Gallery, Bangkok, (exhibition sponsored by Nescafe).

1992 The Hilton International Hotel Gallery, Bangkok, ( exhibition sponsored by Nestle Thailand).

1992 The Neilson Hays Library Gallery, Bangkok.

1992 The Landmark Hotel and Plaza Gallery, Bangkok.

1991 Gallery 29, The Alliance Francaise, Bangkok.

1991 The Landmark Hotel and Plaza Gallery, Bangkok.

1989 Nicholas Roerich Museum, N.Y.C. (Japanese tantric mandalas on loan).

1987 Claire Dumphy Gallery, N.Y.C.

1986 Book Illustrations, New York Mandala, Jiyusha Press, Tokyo.

1983 Painted Stories, dramatized productions for radio audiences, WNYC-FM.

1982 Center for Peace through Culture, N.J.

1981 Mari Galleries, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Ceramic Art).

1981 Anichini Gallery, N.Y.C.

1981 Pelham Art Center, White Plains, N.Y.

1980 Anichini Gallery, N.Y.C.

1980 Graphics for Off-Off Broadway Theater Productions.

1978-79 Space Painting Exhibit and Workshop, East/West Center for Holistic Health, N.Y.C.

1978 Scoop Gallery, N.Y.C.

1978 Wingspread Gallery, North East Harbor, Maine.

1978 Sheridan Gallery, Sheridan, Wyoming.

1977 Clay Gallery, N.Y.C.

1977 Bodley Gallery, N.Y.C.

1977 Greene Gallery, New Rochelle, N.Y.

1976 Adams-Davidson Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1976 The Rowe House Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1975 Harkness Gallery, N.Y.C.

1975 Greene Gallery, New Rochelle, N.Y.

1975 Evansville Museum of Art, Indiana.

1974 Greene Gallery, New Rochelle, N.Y.

1974 Seamen's Church Institute Gallery, N.Y.C.

1973 Avanti Galleries, N.Y.C.

Group Shows

2009 International Painting Exibition, French Ministry of Arts and Letters, Toulouse, France.

1986 Art Faculty Exhibition, 53d Street YWCA, N.Y.C.

1982 Musee d'Art Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

1978 International Art Fair, Bologna, Italy.

1978 PSP 1 Gallery, Long island City.

1976 Designs, Subways of the World Exhibit, N.Y.C.

Public Collections

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Costume Institute), N.Y.C.

Rutgers University Art Gallery, N.J.

Sheldon Swope Art Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Evansville Museum of Art, Indiana.

Palm Springs Desert Museum, California.

Louisiana State University Art gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington.

Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama.

Long Beach City College Library, California.

Gracie Mansion , New York City Mayor's residence.

Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y.C.

Montefiore Hospital, N.Y.

Dwight-Willard Tuck Center, N.Y.

Musee d'Art Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Centre d'Art, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Tuxedo Memorial Hospital, Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

New York University Medical Center, N.Y.C. (Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine)

Saint Barnabas House Chapel, N.Y.C. (altar diptych).

International Center for Peace through Culture, N.Y.C.

Guatemala Consulate General, N.Y.C.

Guatemalan Tourism Commission, Guatemala City, Central America.

Mandaraji Temple, Center for Shingon Studies, Vermont.

Indosuez Bank, Bangkok, Thailand

Dharmsala, India (His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

El Consorcio de la Ciudad de Toledo, Toledo, Spain

And in private collections worldwide.

Bibliography

Who's Who in American Art

Who's Who in the East

Personalities of America

Notable Americans

Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans

International Who's Who in Community Service

American Artists of Renown

Book of Honor

Men and Women of Distinction, U.K.

Dictionary of International Biography, U.K.

Men of Achievements, U.K.

Personnaggi Contemporanei, Italy

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