May I Introduce Daniel Pinkham?

30 Apr 2011

Sublime Order by Daniel Pinkham, oil painting.
Sublime Order by Daniel Pinkham, oil painting.
Daniel Pinkham: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Born in Los Angeles, Daniel Pinkham has been a principal force in the resurgence of plein air painting in California and throughout the country. Pinkham is a poet of the outdoors, and his works often have to do with rest, peace, quietness of spirit, and the spiritual calm in his heart.

He attended Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, from l972 to l974, after which he received a full scholarship to apprentice for five years with Russian-born artist and renowned teacher Sergei Bongart (l9l9- l985). To further his artistic training, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Russia. He later opened his own art school, which he operated from l980 to l985. Pinkham founded the Plein Air Artists of California during the l970s, a group of six artists dedicated to painting on location. He also became a founding member of Plein-Air Painters of America. He and his wife, Vicki, are founding members of the Portuguese Bend Artist Colony, dedicated to preserving open space and natural habitat. Pinkham's work is in the permanent collections of LACMA, the Carnegie Art Museum, and the Autry National Center. He is a signature member of the California Art Club, as well as a member of the club's board of directors. He is also a signature member of the Oil Painters of America.

Pinkham received the Grand Prize at the Plein-Air 2005 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and in 2006, the Best Western Genre Award at the California Art Club's 95th Gold Medal exhibition. Most recently, Pinkham received the Gold Medal, Best of Show award by his artist peers at the Maynard Dixon Country 2008 Invitational as well as the Gold Medal for Best of Show at the California Art Club's 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition. Pinkham has been featured in American Artist, Art of the West, and Southwest Art. For more information on Pinkham, visit his website

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