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Lived/Active: California      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape, still life, nocturne

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Landscape painter Daniel Pinkham works out of a studio he built for himself in Palos Verdes, California where he was raised, having been born in the inner city of Los Angeles.  He studied at the Art Center College of Design and then studied for five years with Russian artist and teacher, Sergei Bongart (1910-1985).

Pinkham's choices of subjects are based on direct emotional responses with the imagery in front of him.   His work takes him throughout the U.S. and Europe.   From each locale, he experiences varied emotions that he translates to paint.

Regarding his experience as a plein-air artist he says "When I listen to the landscape it never lies or betrays, it responds to patience and a loving eye."

Pinkham is also a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, has exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Art, Carnegie Art Museum, Monterey Museum of Art, the Joan Irvine Smith Gallery of Fine Art, and The Parkside Gallery in Carmel, California.  He has received numerous awards and has been featured in several art publications including Southwest Art Magazine.


Daniel Pinkham first met Sergei Bongart when he was a student at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.  His studies with Bongart were formative and intense. Soon after his studies began, Pinkham's father died and the artist put away his brushes and paints and took over his father's plumbing business.  Bongart disapproved of the sacrifice which Pinkham believes had to with Bongart's own decision to help his parents in a similar manner.

Once Pinkham was able to pay off the mortgage on his mother's house he picked up his paint brushes and headed off to a workshop Bongart was conducting in Idaho. Although the two had not seen each other for eight years, when Pinkham entered the lecture, Bongart interrupted his comments to go over and greet his student.  He told him he looked eight years younger and he offered him a full scholarship.

Bongart had Pinkham paint in black and white for a full year before moving into color. The artist credits those lesson with teaching him subtlety which allows him to paint his personality and character.

Source: Art of the West, March April 2003

Biography from American Legacy Fine Arts:
Daniel W. Pinkham has been a principle force in the resurgence of plein air painting, leading by example that plein air painting is not only a career, but also a lifestyle.
Pinkham was born in Los Angeles on January 31, 1952.  He showed both interest and ability in art as a young child and began studying art through private instruction at the age of nine.  He later attended Art Center College of Design from 1972 to 1974, after which he received a scholarship to apprentice for five years with Russian-born artist and renowned teacher Sergei Bongart (1919-1985).  He later opened his own art school, which he operated from 1980 to 1985.

To further his artistic training, in 1985, Pinkham traveled throughout Europe for several months, studying the masterworks in prominent museums.  Upon returning from Europe, he then began traveling throughout the United States to focus on plein air painting, which allowed him to be close to the sources of inspiration for his artwork.

Based on his artistic philosophies, in 1982, he founded Plein Air Artists of California, a group of six artists dedicated to painting on location.  He also became a founding member of the Plein Air Painters of America. 

Pinkham is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, as well as a member of the Club's Board of Directors.  He has also taken on the responsibility of working with the Club's Mentor Program Members - art students and professionals under the age of thirty. 

Other memberships include Oil Painters of America as a Signature Member and the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony, which he and his wife, Vicki, founded in the "South Bay" of the Los Angeles area to preserve this open space and natural habitat.  Pinkham was also selected by the National Park Service as the Artist in Residence at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

In 2009, Pinkham won the Gold Medal for Best Painting at the California Art Club's 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.

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