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Joseph Pimentel,  Machu Picchu, 2016, watercolor and ink on paper, 22 x 30 in
Joseph Pimentel

Ancient Civilizations
recent drawings

August 13 - September 4, 2016
opening reception August 13  6-8 PM
TheoGanz Studio is pleased to present Ancient Civilizations, a solo exhibition of watercolor and ink drawings by Joseph Pimentel, a muralist, illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist who has lived in Newburgh, New York since the age of 8.  Ancient Civilizations, inspired by a recent trip to Peru, will include drawings which range in size from 22 x 30 inches to 11 x 17.  All of the work is unframed.

Drawing from a young age and shaped by artistic parents, Pimentel recalls being fascinated by comic books and cartoon animation. As he grew older and was exposed to other artists, his influences included Dondi White, Salvadori Dali, Max Ernst, M.C. Esher, Picasso, H.R. Giger and Robert Crumb to name a few. By his senior year he had decided to attend art school and in 2005 graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Parsons School of Design.

In the ten years since graduation, the artist had the opportunity to attend an Artist in Residence program in Bali, Indonesia for 3 months under the direction of Dewa Nyoman Batuan who specialized in Mandala paintings. Pimentel states: "The experience of Balinese culture coupled with the teachings...created a life-changing impact on my creative process and pushed me to another level of dedication and focus...Once I returned, I completed an entire series of my own Mandala paintings and began to really delve into themes about higher consciousness, evolution and expansion."

Joseph Pimentel
left - Mt. Rinjani, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 26 x 26 in; right - Sansur, 2010, watercolor on paper, 8 x 8 in
Pimentel feels the recent experience of Machu Picchu, located above the "Sacred Valley in the area of Cuzco" was the prime inspiration behind this new series of drawings; as he stood on a precipice that overlooked a complex series of structures, the artist wondered if ancient civilizations "may have had a connection to the cosmos and nature which is lacking or deficient in our current culture and evolution."  The strong rhythmic weave of line and pattern in these works, coupled with the monochromatic tones supports a cohesive and elegant exploration of  "humanity's mysterious past."  The artist concludes: "The finished series is meant to embody the intensity of a brief encounter with the perplexing roots of our existence."

Continuing a longstanding interest in education, Pimentel  currently works at Mill Street Loft as a teaching artist in a number of their programs to assist inner city youth; he also works with schools to collaborate on mural opportunities. He has worked as a Teaching Artist for DIA: Beacon's Art Education Program and has been an active part of the Artist in Residence Program for elementary and middle schools. He continues to show his personal art in galleries throughout the Hudson Valley - including many here in Beacon - and beyond.

Ancient Civilizations will run from August 13 through September 4, 2016; hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 PM and by appointment. TheoGanz Studio is located at 149 Main Street in Beacon's west end. For further information, contact Eleni Smolen, director/founder, at 917.318.2239 or

Ningeokuluk Teevee, Angijuqtaq (Dress) 2006, etching & aquatint  ©Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto
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