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Paul Strisik N.A., A.W.S.
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www.paulstrisik.com


Born: 1918 (Brooklyn, New York)
Died: 1998 (Rockport, Ma.)

Lived/Active: Massachusetts

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Marine, Landscape, Still Life

Style(s): Impressionist

Medium(s): Oil, Watercolor, Woodblock, acrylic

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Artist Biography:
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Paul Strisik became a resident of Rockport, Massachusetts, where he did landscape painting that brought him national recognition. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he studied at the Art Students League in New York City and with Frank Vincent DuMond. In 1953, he moved to Rockport, where he was active in the Art Association and other local civic organizations.

He was a member of the National Academy of Design, N.Y.C. National Academy of Western Art, the American Watercolor Society, and the Oil Painters of America and numerous other art organizations.  During his long career, he won 185 awards including 16 gold medals. He and his wife, Nancy, also maintained a home in Santa Fe for 12 years, and in 1996, he was honored as Artist of the Year by the Santa Fe Rotary Club. He was widely respected for his willingness to share his talents with young artists, and taught numerous workshops throughout Europe, Scottsdale Artists School,Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Ok. and many others.  He wrote several books, his last one being "Capturing the Light in Oils." A reviewer in "Art Talk" quoted him: "God's light on a blade of grass is such a miracle, and so difficult to capture in paint; it is worth a lifetime of trying" (10/98). He died July 22, 1998 at his home in Rockport.

Credit
American Art Review, 10/2001
Judith Curtis, "The Life and Art of Paul Strisik"
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The following is from Nancy Strisik, wife of the artist.

PAUL STRISIK, N. A., A.W.S.

Paul Strisik, Artist: Born, New York, April 21, 1918-July 22. 1998
Resident of Rockport, Mass. since 1952
Studied: Arts Student League, New York City with Frank Vincent Dumond, 1948-51
One Man Shows include:
Grand Central Galleries, N.Y.C., 1965 and 1976
Doll & Richards, Boston, Ma. 1965 and 1975
Rockport Art Assoc. , 1964, 1969, 1975
Andover Gallery Fine Arts, 1969
Gordon College, Wenham, Mass. 1972
Johnson-Welch Gallery, Kansas City, Mo., 1978
Francesca Anderson Gallery, Boston, Ma., 1986
Dodson Gallery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1990
Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio 1991 and 1992
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vt. 1994
Retrospective Show, Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, N.M. 1999
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vt. 2000
Retrospective Exhibition, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Ma. 2001

Exhibited at:
National Academy of Design, N. Y.
Salmagundi Club
American Watercolor Society
Allied Artists of America
Knickerbocker Artists
American Artists Professional League
Guild of Boston Artists
New England Watercolor Society
Hudson Valley Art Association
Rockport Art Association
North Shore Arts Association
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Okla. City
Artists of America Show, Denver, Co.
Western Heritage Show, Texas
Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, N. M.
Albuquerque Museum of Fine Arts, N. M.
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Ma.
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Oh.
Arts in the Park Show, Jackson Hole, Wy.
Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, N. M.
Copley Society of Boston Painters
Catto Gallery, London, England
Royal Watercolor Society, London, England, 1992
Whistler Museum, Lowell, Ma. 1996
Prix de West Show, Oklahoma City, Ok. 1999

Elected member of the National Academy of Design, N. Y. C. 1972
Elected ACADAMICIAN, (N. A.) 1991
Elected member of the National Academy of Western Art, 1979
Elected member of the American Watercolor Society, 1963
President of the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Ma. 1968-71
Hudson Valley Art Assoc., White Plains, N. Y. paid special tribute to Paul Strisik with a show of his works at their 54th Annual Exhibition, May, 1982
Named Artists of the Year 1986, Rotary Club of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bronze Sculpture honoring him as one of the eight living past recipients of the Distinguished Artists of the Year Award, Rotary Club of Santa Fe, N.M. Sept.1997

Memberships include:
National Academy of Design
American Watercolor Society
National Academy of Western Art
Allied Artists of America
Hudson Valley Art Assoc.
Knickerbocker Art Assoc.
The Guild of Boston Artists
New England Watercolor Society
Rockport Art Assoc.
The International Society of Marine Painters
The Copley Society of Boston
The American Artists Professional League
North Shore Arts Assoc.
Artists Professional League

Museum Collections:
Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Ma.
Percy H. Whitney Museum, Fairhope, Alabama
Parrish Museum of Art, Southampton, N. Y.
Mattatuck Museum of Waterbury, Ct.
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah
Cape Ann Historical Museum, Gloucester, Ma..
Albuquerque Museum of Fine Arts, Albuquerque, N. M.
Colorado Museum of Fine Art, Denver, Co.
Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico
Delval FineArt Consortium, Lansdale, Pa.
Colorado Springs FineArts Center, Colorado Springs, Co.

Collections:
Utah State University
Union Carbide & Chemical Co.
The Linen Thread Co.
Franklin Mint, Gallery of American Art
Sheraton Corp.
U.S. Tobacco Co.
Texas Governor William Clements
Ex-Texas Governor John Connally
General Curtis LeMay
New England Philanthropist, Paul Babson
Russell Knight
National Academy of Design, N.Y.C.
Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Ma.
Craig Knight, N.Y.C.

Publications:
The Art of Landscape Painting, 1981
(Watson-Guptill Publications.)
Complete Guide to Acrylic Painting, 1979
(Watson-Guptill Publications)
Oil Painting Techniques, 1983
(Watson-Guptill Publications)
American Artist Magazine, April, 1971, June, 1979
Southwest Art, March, 1981
Art West, January, 1983
Artists of the Rockies, 1984
Western Art Digest, March. 1986
North Shore Life, February/March, 1987
Southwest Profile, October/November, 1987
Santa Fean Magazine, Sept./October, 1990
Southwest Art, June, 1991
Capturing Light in Oils, 1995
(Northlight Publications)
Art of the West, May/June, 1997
Arts Around Boston, Spring, 1998
Artists of Cape Ann, Twin Light Publishers, 2001
The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A. 2001

Television Appearances:
ABC Boston, May 12, 1986, "Evening Chronicle"
NBC Boston, July 22,1986, "Evening Magazine"
NBC "Today Show", July 31, 1987

Television Productions:
KTVY Oklahoma City, Okla. "Creative Arts"
#8102, "Sketching in the Field"
#8203, "Sketching in Foreign Lands"
#8503, "Painting on Location"

DVD, 2005 Paul Strisik, N.A., A.W.S. The Artist and His Work. Painting on Location.
Created by Nancy Strisik. Written and produced by Albert Viator.

Paul Strisik has taught workshops in the United States and Europe up until the 1970's. He has given art demonstrations at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Ok., The Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Ok., Artists of America Show, Denver, Co., and numerous other organizations. He also conducted workshops at the Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, Arizona.

He is listed in:
Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the East; Who's Who in American Art; Contemporary Western Artist

He has been awarded over 185 awards including 17 Gold Medals.

CHRONOLOGY:

April 21, 1918 Born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1937-1940 At age 19, owned and operated The Hall Fish and Line Co., Upper State, N.Y.

1941 Enlisted in U.S. Navy, Chief Photographers Mate. Photographed the Royal Family of Morocco. Stationed primarily in French Morocco, North Africa

1944 Briefly worked for Life Magazine

1946-1947 Studied with modernist Nicholai Albercheff

1948-1951 Studied at the Arts Students League, NYC with eminent teacher Frank Vincent DuMond

1952-54 First marriage, son Peter was born. Moved to Rockport, Ma.

1955 Opened the Paul Strisik Gallery

1955 Membership to the Rockport Art Association

1963 Elected Member of the American Watercolor Society

1964-67 Traveled extensively to the Southwest and California on painting trips

1968 Second marriage to Nancy

1968-71 President of the Rockport Art Assoc.

1971 American Artist Magazine Cover and article

1972 Elected Associate Member of the National Academy of Design, N. Y.

1970-80 European trips to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Morocco, Mexico, The Caribbean and Canada

1979 Elected member of the National Academy of Western Art, Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Ok.

1980 First Book, The Art of Landscape Painting, Watson-Guptil Publishers

1981 Hudson Valley Art Assoc, N. Y., Special Tribute, 44th Annual Exhibit, One man show

1984 Purchased home in Santa Fe, N. M.

1985 Rotary Club of Santa Fe, N. M. named him Artist of the Year

1986 TV appearance ABC Evening Chronicle

1987 TV appearance NBC Evening Magazine

1987 TV The Today Show, NBC

1980's TV Productions, Oklahoma City, KTVY "Creative Arts Series"

1991 Elevated to Full Academician, National Academy of Design, N. Y.

1990's Workshops, Scottsdale Artists School, Az., Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK., Art Demo, Artists of America Show, Denver, CO., Art demo

1995 Second Book, Capturing Light in Oils, Northlight Publishers

1971-1998 Rockport Art Association Board Member

1998 Governor Paul Cellucci named April 21, 1998, Paul Strisik Day in Massachusetts

1950-1998 16 Gold Medals and 185 Awards

1998 July 22, 1998, deceased

1999 Retrospective Show, The Nedra Matteucci Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M.

2000 Retrospective Show, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont

2001 Retrospective Show, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Ma.

2002 Book, The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A. written by Judith Curtis

2005 DVD, The Artist and his Work, Painting on Location:Demonstrations & discussions of the Artist's Techniques.

2007 Solo show of Still Lifes, Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Ma.

Studied:
Arts Student League, New York City with Frank Vincent Dumond, 1948-51

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
National Academy of Design, N. Y.
Salmagundi Club
American Watercolor Society
Allied Artists of America
Knickerbocker Artists
American Artists Professional League
Guild of Boston Artists
New England Watercolor Society
Hudson Valley Art Association
Rockport Art Association
North Shore Arts Association
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Okla. City
Artists of America Show, Denver, Co.
Western Heritage Show, Texas
Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, N. M.
Albuquerque Museum of Fine Arts, N. M.
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Ma.
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Oh.
Arts in the Park Show, Jackson Hole, Wy.
Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, N. M.
Copley Society of Boston Painters
Catto Gallery, London, England
Royal Watercolor Society, London, England, 1992
Whistler Museum, Lowell, Ma. 1996
Prix de West Show, Oklahoma City, Ok. 1999
Nedra Matteucci Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M. Retrospective, 1999
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vt. Retrospective 2000
Rockport Art Assoc. Rockport, Ma. Retrospective Exhibition 2001
Cape Ann Historical Museum, Gloucester, Ma. Solo exhibition of Still Life Paintings, 2007

Memberships:
National Academy of Design, N.Y.C.
American Watercolor Society
National Academy of Western Art
Allied Artists of America
Hudson Valley Art Assoc.
Knickerbocker Art Assoc.
The Guild of Boston Artists
New England Watercolor Society
Rockport Art Assoc.
The International Society of Marine Painters
The Copley Society of Boston
The American Artists Professional League
North Shore Arts Assoc.
Artists Professional League


Magazine and Newspaper References:
The Art of Landscape Painting, 1981
(Watson-Guptill Publications.)
Complete Guide to Acrylic Painting, 1979
(Watson-Guptill Publications)
Oil Painting Techniques, 1983
(Watson-Guptill Publications)
American Artist Magazine, April, 1971, June, 1979
Southwest Art, March, 1981
Art West, January, 1983
Artists of the Rockies, 1984
Western Art Digest, March. 1986
North Shore Life, February/March, 1987
Southwest Profile, October/November, 1987
Santa Fean Magazine, Sept./October, 1990
Southwest Art, June, 1991
Capturing Light in Oils, 1995
(Northlight Publications)
Art of the West, May/June, 1997
Arts Around Boston, Spring, 1998
Artists of Cape Ann, Twin Light Publishers, 2001
The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A. 2001


Dealers or Representatives:
His work may be seen at his gallery in Rockport, Massachusetts (open from June to September only) or at the following galleries across the country, The Nedra Matteucci Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M., The Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, S.C..
THE PAUL STRISIK GALLERY, 10 MAIN ST., ROCKPORT, MA. 01966 WILL BE CLOSING AS OF 10/1/14 AFTER 55 YEARS AT THIS LOCATION. ONE OF ROCKPORTS LANDMARKS. HIS WORK CAN BE SEEN PRIVATELY BY CALLING 978-546-2871 AND AT THE NEDRA MATTEUCCI GALLERY, SANTA FE, NM. AND THE SYLVAN GALLLERY, CHARLESTON, S.C. UPDATES WILL BE POSTED LISTING ANY NEW GALLERIES. HIS WEBSITE IS www.paulstrisik.om


Artist Statement:

When asked to describe his painting style, Ppaul Strisik would say, "I find this difficult, I just do what gives me the most pleasure.  I can say that I am always fascinated by the effects of light and its many variations on nature.  I do not favor photographic truth, but an emotional remembrance.  This then becomes a more personal expression through my response to the subject."

Paul always said, "you attain proficiency as an artist and understand more, but your room for improvement also decreases and painting becomes even more demanding, more complex rather than simpler."

Review of Artist's Work:
Quoted from an article on Paul Strisik by David Green in the Boston Ledger Newspaper in 1986
DG: How do you see yourself in relation to "The History of Landscape Painting?"

PS: "I think I have a little bit of impressionism in my work.  If Ii had to categorize myself, I'd have to say impressionist.  I'm certainly painting the light, but artists have painted the light for hundreds of years.  Most important is that I love nature, and what nature lays before us.  It's a tremendous challenge to take bits of nature and organize them.  I've taken the feeling of nature, I've changed, I've enlarged.  I've removed, I've put in to give the feeling, so that yu can see nature filtering through human personality."


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