“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
If you ask a successful artist, actor or musician what the key to success is, they will likely give you the same advice, “be yourself.” The advice is sound, but difficult to follow unless you know who “you” are. Artist Alan Pimentel has bravely externalized his journey of self-awareness in oil on canvas for over twenty years and through that journey he has met with success.
Pimentel’s most recent encounter with success was taking “Best in Show” at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs “Portrait and Figure” exhibition. Pimentel’s oil on shaped canvas piece “Wrestling with Myself Again,” impressed Jack Thompson, author and artist who judged the show. “I have always been drawn to artists whose artworks take a bit of a chance,” offered Thompson about Pimentel’s piece and the Portrait and Figure Exhibition. “Certainly I’m schooled in the traditional sense of art and techniques, but there’s something about a person who, once really perfecting his or her craft, decides to step outside the box.”
The first of Alan Pimentel’s shaped canvases emerged over twenty years ago, as his journey into the observations of his emotional nature became the subject matter of his art. For Pimentel, the geometric boundaries of the traditional canvas became limiting as his personal awareness expanded. Moving beyond the constraints normally prescribed to painters, Alan’s work took a giant step towards altering the personal boundaries he felt were imposed upon him by the demands of modern culture. Pimentel describes his style as “my own,” explains Alan. “I think of it as a psychological, metaphysical, spiritual portrayal of growth. My painting style is deeply rooted in realism, with the addition of variations in textural quality through intended or casual application.”
Pimentel’s unconstrained perspective is evident in his current works where the canvases continually get shapelier and the surfaces range from utter smoothness to rich dimensional application of paint and wax medium. The luminous lighting and savory blends of color allow us to safely venture into a realm beyond the reach of the ordinary to observe emotions that reside in the shadows.
Alan credits his creative gifts to his father’s drawing skills and musical talents, his grandmother’s aptness with a needle, and his maternal aunts’ dressmaking and culinary skills. At the age of ten, Alan lost his father to a tragic car accident. A neighbor who was aware of Alan’s interest in art suggested a class in oil painting offered by a renowned portrait artist and illustrator, Carroll Jones. At the age of fourteen Pimentel began his formal training in oil painting.
Salvador Dali was the first artist to inspire Pimentel. “I was eleven or twelve years old when I first visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” offers Alan. “There I viewed the ‘Persistence of Memory.’ This painting reached me on so many levels that it affected my thought process in general, and I think that is the genius of Dali.”
When asked what advice he would give to aspiring artists, Alan responded, “Peruse, persist and listen to your own inner voice.” Be yourself.
Pimentel’s work can be seen at his studio # 166 at the promenade inBonitaSprings. The artist studios are currently open Thursday through Saturday from 10am – 3pm. You can view Alan’s work and the work of over 30 artists at their studios at the Promenade during Art Walk on Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.
Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 tickets to one of this season’s Live at the Promenade performances. The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members. Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.