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ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE
MASTER ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS 2007
October 10, 2007
 

JOE PASTOR



OIL PAINTING

http://www.timmonsgalleries.com/artist-jPastor.html  
 

JOE PASTOR                                                   
Fine Artist Biography
 
     From a young age, I developed a deep appreciation and fascination with the human form.  I was first captivated by the visual images of renaissance artists I repeatedly looked at as a young boy.  At the same time, I was taught to work with my hands on projects with my father.  From model-building, and school art projects as a boy, to rough and finish carpentry as a remodeling contractor, I have continually used my hands and body to create and build things. 
     My creativity was nourished by an education rich in mythology and history; reading classical literature and writing.  After earning a B. A. in Psychology, I went to Art Center, College of Design in Pasadena, CA.   There, I had the good fortune to meet Dan McCaw who continues to inspire my own expressiveness, experimentation, and color harmonies.   Through Dan, I met Steve Huston an artist who has taught me about the subtleties of drawing and painting the human form. 
     Now as an artist, I celebrate this blending of experiences and classical education in my own paintings of this incredible form - the human body.  My pictures of construction workers show the figure hard at work, bending, stretching and straining.  Constantly risking pain and injury these heroic figures, build our houses, as we watch in admiration from a distance while we drive past a job site or view on some do-it-yourself television program.
     My paintings of Flamenco dancers illustrate these performers in all aspects of their efforts using Edgar Degas’ ballerinas as inspiration.  From rehearsals, practices, and performances, to the quiet moments between them, we see all aspects of this beautiful and graceful athlete, using  the human form as a vehicle to capture what interested Degas himself so much --the beauty of the human form in motion. 
      I strive to capture the fun as well as the struggle in people’s everyday lives.  The dedication and the hard work of another person working on their craft.  My figures are painted rather anonymously, inviting the viewer to empathize with the subject.  We can imagine, or wish we are one of the people in these paintings.  With an eye toward classicism, but firmly rooted in the contemporary, I strive to create images that all of us can relate to; the dedication, the hard work of somebody else, working in their chosen field of endeavor.
     We all love some expression of art be it music, painting or dance.  And we all need a roof over our head.  My paintings offer a chance to get better acquainted with the people who make these things possible.  Using my memories of and emotional connections with my chosen subject matter, I strive to connect viewers with people we usually see only from a distance.
 
Education:
1997 -’05  Workshops with Dan McCaw, Steve Huston and Joseph Mendez
1982 -’83  Art Center, College of Design,  Pasadena, CA
1980  B.A. Psychology/Art Minor, St. Mary’s College of California
 
Work Experience:
2005 - ‘06  Chaffey Community Art Assoc.; Vice Pres., presently Exhibit Chairman
2002 - ‘06  Fine artist
1988 - ‘04  Carpenter, Home Improvement Contractor
1983 -’88   Freelance illustrator & graphic artist
 
Exhibits:
Sullivan Goss  An American Gallery, “Scenes of American Labor”  2005
Timmons Galleries, Solana Beach, CA   2005
Chaffey Community Art Association, Rancho Cucamonga,  CA  2004,  solo exhibit 2006
dA Gallery, Pomona, CA  solo exhibit, 2002
St. Mary’s College, Hearst Gallery 1985
Art Center College of Design, Student Gallery  1983
 
Juried Shows:
American Academy of Equine Art Fall Exhibition and Sale,  2006
National Orange Show Juried Art Exhibition, San Bernardino, CA  2006
Hilton Head Art League National Juried Art Exhibition, Hilton Head, SC,  2006
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society “Best of America”  Award of Excellence, 2005
Associated Artists of the Inland Empire, 21st Annual Art Show, Honorable Mention
San Bernardino County Museum of Art, CA  2005
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA  2005
The Allied Artists of America 91st Annual Exhibition, NY  2004
National Society of Artists 22nd National Show, TX  2004
San Bernardino Valley College Gallery Show,  CA  2004, Best of Show
San Bernardino County Museum of Art, CA  2004, First Place
Millard Sheets Gallery, CA  2004
 
Galleries:
Timmons Courtyard Gallery, Rancho Santa Fe, CA  2004 -2006
Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA  2005
Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA  2006
 
Memberships:
Oil Painters of America
Allied Artists of America
National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society
 

JOE PASTOR FONTANA EXHIBITION
 


Joe Pastor has an exhibit up currently in Fontana called "Influences & Inspirations."  The exhibit is located in the foyer outside of the Fontana City Council Chambers.  There will be an "Artist Showcase" beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2007.  Artist Pastor will do a short demonstration, followed by a reception, and then will be recognized in the city council chambers.  All are invited to attend.  The address is: 8353 Sierra Avenue and it is just south of Foothill Blvd.  For more information contact Courtney Hodnick, e-mail: chodnick@fontana.org or 909/428-8360 ext, 236.
 


ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE
Monthly Master Artist Demonstration
Second Wednesday of Each Month
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


MEETING LOCATION
The Rancho Cucamonga Goldy S. Lewis Community Center
11200 Baseline Road
Rancho Cucamonga, California

Located on the Northwest corner of Baseline Road and Milliken Avenue.

The public is welcome!

Donation of $3 is accepted for non-members.
 

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