Rockport Art Association

Rockport, MA



Paul Strisik, N.A. 1918-1998


A retrospective of the art of Paul Strisik, N.A.will be presented by Rockport Art Association from September 29 through November 11, 2001. The exhibit will feature more than one hundred paintings celebrating the work of this internationally acclaimed artist. A full member of the National Academy of Design, and past president of Rockport Art Association, Paul Strisik's painting career spanned almost a half century, during which time his work in both oil and watercolor, landscape and still life, gathered more than one hundred and eighty five awards and sixteen Gold Medals.

After the Second World War, Strisik spent three years studying with Frank Vincent DuMond at the Art Students League of New York, before leaving the school in 1951. Subsequently Strisik dedicated the rest of his life to painting his way across America and much of Europe, covering thousands of miles in his search for the transient effect of light and atmosphere. "God's sunlight on a single blade of grass," Strisik liked to remark, "is such a miracle, and so difficult to capture in paint, it's worth a lifetime of trying."

Charles Movalli will present a slide lecture on Strisik and his work, and three gallery walks conducted by artists Rudy Colao, Don Stone, N.A. and Ron Straka will also be featured during this show. Please call ahead to the Association for dates and details.

The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A., a new 128-page hardcover book by Judith A. Curtis, featuring 127 color reproductions, will be available from the Tavern Gift Shop, Rockport Art Association in conjunction with this show.


Text from Front Cover Jacket Flap of The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A. by Judith A, Curtis

Paul Strisik, N.A., (1918-1998) took up painting as a career late in life compared with many of his contemporaries. Nevertheless, he quickly rose to the forefront of his profession, becoming not only an accomplished painter and teacher, but also one of the elite handful that, reaching a pinnacle in their artistic lives, are granted full membership of the prestigious National Academy of Design.

(left to right: Home Port, Gloucester, 1986, 8 x 12 inches, oil on canvas; The Blue Kimono, 1986, 20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas; Island Lane, Mykonos, Greece, 1986, 12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas; Winter Inlet, Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, 1985, 14 x 21 inches, watercolor)

Not one to compromise his principles, Paul Strisik turned his back on the predominantly modern art scene of postwar New York, and spent three years studying the academics of painting with Frank Vincent DuMond, the pre-eminent teacher/philosopher and mentor of the Art Students League of New York. With a thorough grounding in the principles of painting as practiced by the Old Dutch Masters, Strisik went out into the world and quickly made a reputation for himself as an artist par excellence.

(left to right: Evening Light, Yosemite, 1985, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas; Winter Sparkle, 1987, 16 x 24 inches, oil on canvas; Evening Light, 1985, 20 x 28 inches, watercolor; Ronda, Spain, 1985, 10 x 14 inches, watercolor)

To pigeonhole Paul Strisik as a realist, or an impressionist, or even a tonalist, is extremely difficult. He himself preferred the sobriquet, "a painter of effects." A world traveler, Strisik loved nothing more than painting nature en plein air, then returning to his studio to create a bigger image -- a memory scene -- thus giving the viewer an evocative feeling of nature "filtered through the human psyche."

An admirer of New England transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Strisik found much truth in Emerson's remark, "Light is the first thought of painters, and there is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful."

Paul Strisik was a member of many art associations. His memberships included:


Numerous museums hold the art of Paul Strisik, including:

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