Saturday, June 04, 2011

Remembering Rollin Pickford at the Carmel Art Association: Opening Tonight - June 4, 2011

by Gregg Chadwick

Rollin Pickford
Spring Crescendo
22"x30" watercolor on paper
Courtesy Melissa Pickford

"All of those paintings I did, every one of them had something wrong with it. I guess that's why I kept painting."
-Rollin Pickford

Tonight the Carmel Art Association Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the watercolors of Rollin Pickford. Pickford's paintings make use of myriad techniques to approximate the play of light on land, sea, and sky. For eighty years Pickford limned the California scene as rolling hills and stands of trees vanished beneath strip malls and subdivisions.

In Pickford's paintings, one can feel the sweep of an Asian brush across wet paper as pools of color shift and coalesce into light and atmosphere. The works seem to hang in a state of flux - their beauty poignantly balanced between a fixed moment and the passage of time.

Rollin Pickford died in 2010 at 98. This rich exhibition was curated in his memory by his daughter Melissa Pickford.

The opening runs from 6-8 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at
the Carmel Art Association Galleries, Dolores between 5th & 6th Streets, Carmel, California
For information please call 624-6176.

Rollin Pickford
22"x30" watercolor on paper
Courtesy Melissa Pickford

Gregg Chadwick
Rollin Pickford (In Memoriam)
30"x22" monotype on paper 2011
Melissa Pickford Collection

More at:
Remembering Rollin Pickford
California Light: The Watercolors of Rollin Pickford

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