Friday, April 3, 2009
Where are the two little running friends? Clue: One of them always wears a red scarf! They are hidden in plain sight and are the artist's signature in every one of Paul Pitt's charming paintings. This one is called "Skating With Nuns" and measures 32" x 26", oil on canvas, framed, $1400.
Paul's luscious paintings bring us back to a simpler time, filled with a strong sense of community and extended family. Even if we have never personally experienced his subject matter, it rings a responsive chord. However, these are not memory paintings. A church steeple or the architecture of an old barn or via duct will catch his eye, and in month's time, a new painting has come to life.
The work is meticulously and compulsively repainted up to six times before Paul is willing to pronounce the piece done. Within each large scene, there are many small stories unfolding, each with their own considerable charm and humor.
Because the pointillist backgrounds and constant repainting are so time and labor intensive, there are rarely more than twelve new paintings available each year. Folk art enthusiasts love Paul's work, and a large body of his paintings has been included in several important collections. Hampton Museum acquired an example in 2001, and four of his paintings have graced the cover of the Craft Digest magazine. Recently his work was in the opening exhibition of the Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion College. He has also been published in Folk Art Magazine and Raw Vision Magazine.