This Figurative Expressionist lived the Bay Area for two decades before settling in Greenwich Village in 1957. He was a regular at the Cedar Bar with his AbEx friends and exhibited at several New York galleries. He even taught at MoMA but soon became a reclusive painter living what he called “a...
Finally revealed is this extraordinary double life: Walk into any drugstore and you’ll see his commercial packaging designs that have become iconic in American culture. But for more than 60 years he was also pushing the boundaries of abstract expressionist painting.
This master of the painted collage obsessively changes his compositions, as revealed by layers of canvas fragments and a variety of materials. The resulting lyrical expressionist shorescapes are musical in their evocation of particular moods and weather.
In 2013, ABC’s “Good Morning America” featured the Pinajian Discovery of thousands of paintings rescued from a Dumpster as “the unlikely discovery that has rocked the art world.” Here’s the compelling story of how a master’s life and works were nearly lost forever.