Through June, the Geary Gallery of Darien is proud to present “The Drama of Light,” featuring the work of classical Flemish painter and Greenwich resident, Peter Arguimbau. The exhibit runs June 1-30 at the Geary Gallery located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien.
Featured Artist, June: Peter Arguimbau
Born in Darien, CT and a long-time resident of Greenwich, Peter Layne Arguimbau is a nationally-acclaimed, classical artist who has specialized in the Flemish painting tradition for more than 40 years. These techniques were developed from years spent recreating the Luminist tradition of the Dutch guilds in the Golden Age of painting.
Layne first learned to paint at age eight when he spent hours watching his father, Vincent Arguimbau, a portrait painter in his studio in Darien, Connecticut. His formal art training included an internship with restorer, Pierro Manonni, and he trained at the Instituto del Restauro in Rome under Cesere
Brandi, where for 10 years they replicated painting media from 15th and 16th century manuscripts. After 20 years working with Maroger oil painting media with dastardly results—the paint darkened and was darkening and tacky as a result of mastic—Arguimbau formulated his own gel medium using harder resins ground from powders. Primarily using raw materials, Arguimbau has been able to maintain a signature, consistent quality.
Like the work of the Flemish Masters, Arguimbau’s paintings have an extreme, yet timeless, luminist quality. At his specially designed studio in Greenwich, CT— an 1850’s chestnut barn—the north wall is all windows covered with shutters to control the amount and direction of the light. He modeled this light technique after the studios of the Dutch masters to get his luminist effects.
As Geary Gallery proprietor, Tom Geary stated, “We’re thrilled to once again showcase Argiumbau’s latest works. He is truly an artist of our generation to watch for in the art world, as it is apparent he is rapidly approaching ‘tier one’ status.”
During the past 40 years, Arguimbau has perfected his techniques and is now assembling his book, “The Invention of Oil Painting from the Renaissance to the Present.” He also teaches painting courses at his Greenwich studio.