Through February, the Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Richard Pionk: Master Pastelist,” a celebration of the work of the late New York City pastel and oil painter, Richard Pionk. Pionk’s exhibit runs February 1–28 at the Geary Gallery, located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien.
Richard Cletus Pionk (April 26, 1936 – June 5, 2007) was born in Moose Lake, Minnesota, but later lived, worked, taught, and painted in New York City. Best known for his still lifes, portraits and interior scenes in oils and pastels, Pionk learned much about classical still life painting by spending hours in his beloved museums, including the Brooklyn Museum and other New York museums, as well as the École du Louvre in Paris. Pionk studied the works of Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Antoine Vollon, and Henri Fantin-Latour, in particular.
He also studied with Daniel Green and Sidney E. Dickinson at the Art Students League of New York. He later taught at the Art Students League of New York and the Pastel Society School, National Arts Club, New York. He was also the longest running president of the Salmagundi Club.
Pionk has won more than 100 awards from the Pastel Society of America, Audubon Artists, National Arts Club, and numerous other professional associations. In 1984, he was named Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America, and in 1997 was inducted into the Pastel Hall of Fame. In 1994, his work was included in the Taiwanese exhibit, “Contemporary Pastel Artists.”
Pionk has been published in numerous books and magazines, including Creative Painting with Pastel by Carole Katchen, and Basic Still Life Painting, and Artist’s Magazine, April 1988 and 1993. Recently, his work has been exhibited at the Luminous Gallery in Taichung, Taiwan and as part of Still Life Painters of the 20th Century, Hermitage Museum, in Norfolk, VA.
Pionk held memberships in Salmagundi Club, Art Students League, Pastel Society of America – Trustee, Allied Artists of America – Board of Directors, Hudson Valley Art Association, Knickerbocker Art Association, Artist Fellowship – Trustee, National Arts Club, Audubon Artists – Trustee, American Artists Professional League, and Dutch Treat Club.
The Richard Pionk exhibit runs from February 1–28, and his paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome, and admission is free.
Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633.