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 Hank Pitcher  (1949 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: beach genre, plein-air landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Hank Pitcher walks to the beach from his studio in Isla Vista, California. He has spent his career painting the beach up and down the Santa Barbara Coastline. In fact, he grew up in the same neighborhood and today the beach where he played as a child is part of the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara. Pitcher joined the University faculty in 1971 and teaches in the department of creative studies.

Pitcher's abstracted seascapes hang in private collections and in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Collection. His beach scenes capture the culture of Southern California and pay homage to the beauty of the landscape.

Source: Southwest Art, September 2004

Biography from Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery (Artists I-Q):

Hank Pitcher has been painting professionally since 1970. He is best known as a painter of California beach culture. He is a member of the Oak Group and a professor of art at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a native of southern California.

"Simplicity and directness often veil the hard-won refinements and duplicities of art, and Hank Pitcher’s [works]…are small miracles of painterly equilibrium. Portraying the southern California coast…Pitcher’s paintings evoke a strong spirit of place. These harmonies in saturated blues and greens, broken with startling shots of brilliant local color, are classical in their compositional clarity, but…also aspire to synthesize impressionism’s scrutiny of outward appearances with Pitcher’s emotional immersion in country and seaside. Keepsakes of the fleeting appearance of a particular time, they endure as meditative archetypes in time." —Anne Ayres, Director of Exhibitions, Otis Parsons College of Art and Design


Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, California (2001)
Tatistcheff/Rogers Gallery, Santa Monica, California (2001, 1994, 1992, 1989)
Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California (1996)
Jessica Darby Gallery, Los Angeles (1987, 1986)
Megan Williams Gallery, Los Angeles (1980, 1979)
Bowdoin College, Bowdoin, Maine (1979)
Artists’ Space, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California (1978)
Orlando Gallery, Los Angeles, California (1973)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (partial list):
M.A.L.T. (Marin Agricultural Land Trust), Marin County, California (2000)
Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California (1999)
San Diego Museum of Art (1998)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1997)
George Stern, Los Angeles (1995)
Ellen Easton Gallery, Montecito, California (1993)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California (1991, 1974)
Queens Museum, New York, (1980)

COLLECTIONS (partial list):
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Bank of America
Industrial Bank of Japan
County of Santa Barbara
Syracuse Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
CiticorpNorthern Trust Bank

numerous private collections

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