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 Desmond O'Hagan  (1959 - )

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Lived/Active: Colorado / Germany      Known for: street-landscape, still life

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Biography from Dassin Gallery:
Desmond O'Hagan was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1959, and was raised in the United States. He enjoys working in several mediums, but his primary focus is pastels and oils. Although he appreciates many different forms of art, his main interests include the paintings of several late 19th-century American, French, and Russian painters for the seeming effortlessness of their technique and the emotion they were able to instill in their work. The continuous study of these painters has had a strong influence on O'Hagan's own art.

Constantly challenging himself has translated into a fulfilling career in fine art encompassing several one-man shows and participation in group exhibitions in the United States, Japan, China and France. He is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and is listed in Who's Who in American Art.

O'Hagan has won several awards at the Pastel Society of America's annual shows in New York City. He has also won the George Inness, Jr. Memorial Award from the Salmagundi Club. At the 1999 International Association of Pastel Societies Exhibition held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, O'Hagan was awarded the Prix'd Pastel Award (Best of Show).

In May of 2005, O’Hagan was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies’ “Masters Circle”. He is featured in an article in the Denver Post, November 12, 2009 in an article entitled: "Artist Draws From Urban Scenes", and his art has been the subject of feature articles in numerous national and international magazines including American Art Collector (May 2007), The Artist’s Magazine (May 2005, September 2001, September 1995), Denver Business Journal (August 2004), Southwest Art (February 2004, April 2002, and November 1987), The Artist (Great Britain, August 2006), International Artist (Australia, February/March 2001), American Artist (December 1989), Artists and Illustrators (England, October 1998), Gekkan Bijyutsu Art Magazine (Japan, May 1998), and United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine (January 1996).

O'Hagan's paintings have been featured in several books including Rockport Publisher's, The Best of Oil Painting and The Best of Pastel, and Quarry Books' The Best of Pastel 2.   In May 2007, O’Hagan’s paintings were featured in North Light Books’ new edition Painting with Pastels.

His art is in public and private collections in the United States, Japan, Canada, and Europe, and are represented by galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Denver, Colorado, and Huntsville, Utah.  He also conducts workshops occasionally through a variety of organizations. 

EDUCATION
The Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, CO, Graphic Design, 1980-1982
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Architecture and Fine Art,
1977-1979

MEMBERSHIPS
Pastel Society of America

RECOGNITION
Master Pastelist, Pastel Society of America, New York City
Prix'd Pastel Award (Best of Show), Intl. Asso. of Pastel Societies, 1999
Hudson Valley Art Association Award, PSA Open Show, Sept. 1999
Mrs. Pearl Kalikow Award, PSA Open Show, Sept. 1998
Connecticut Pastel Society Award, PSA Open Show, Sept. 1997
George Inness, Jr., Memorial Award for a Pastel, Salmagundi Club Show, New York City, July 1996

PERIODICALS AND BOOKS
"Artist Draws From Urban Scenes" The Denver Post, November 12, 2009
The Pastel Journal, Feature Article, May/June 2003
Irish America, Feature Article, August/September 2003
U.S. Art Magazine, Cover and Article, September 2002
The Artist's Magazine, Cover and Feature Article, September 1995, 2001
International Artist, Feature Article, Feburary/March, 2001
Gekkan Bijyutsu Art Magazine, Feature Article, Japan, May 1998
Artists of America, Denver Rotary Club, September 1996, 1997, 1998
The Best of Oil Painting, Rockport Publishers, September 1996
The Best of Pastel, Best of Pastel 2, Rockport Publishers, 1996, 1998
Pastel Highlights, American Artist Publication, 1996
Hemispheres Magazine, United Airlines, Feature Article, January 1996
The Denver Post, Feature Article, January 1996
Who's Who in American Art
"Artist Worth Watching," Art-Talk Magazine, June 1990
American Artist Magazine, Feature Article, December 1989
Southwest Art Magazine, Feature Article, Nov. 1987, April 2002, Feb. 2004

EXHIBITIONS
Colorado Governor's Invitational Art Show, Loveland, CO, 2002, 2003
One-Man Show, Gallery 209, Dallas, TX, November 1998
Group Exhibition, Galleria Prova, Tokyo, Japan, February 1998
Pastel Society of America Exhibition, Xi'an, China, November 1997
"Artists of America," Denver Rotary Club Show, 1996, 1997, 1998
Pastel Society of America 25th Open Exhibition, September 1997
Group Show, Auvillar, France, French-American Exchange, July 1997
Salmagundi Club Show, New York City, July 1996

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