Please help return this stolen art!

This small watercolor painting was stolen from a local frame store during the public unrest and looting in Santa Monica, CA on May 31, 2020.

Like any human being with a heart and a conscience, I am horrified by institutional racism and police brutality, and I fully support the peaceful George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. But the theft of this artwork during a recent protest that descended into violence and looting does not seem to help the cause of racial equality, social justice, or police reform. Please contact me if you have any information about its whereabouts, or if you wish to return it, no questions asked... Thanks!


Spring 2020 solo show rescheduled!

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Trace, watercolor, 2018
Tap, watercolor, 2018

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the solo show of my recent watercolor paintings at George Billis Gallery has been rescheduled for later in the year (with the new opening date still to be determined). Many thanks for your interest and support and please stay safe!

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Signals, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.

The Imaginary at The Carnegie Art Museum

Two of my recent watercolor paintings were included in The Imaginary, a group show at the Carnegie Art Museum exploring art that co-mingles realism with elements arising from the imagination. The small creatures inhabiting my watercolor paintings in this show entice the viewer to first empathize with them as the unlikely heroes of staged dramas involving impossible situations or forces beyond their control, and then to imagine what might happen next. These otherwise realistic still life paintings encourage one to supply an imagined ending, happy or otherwise, to the impossible narratives they depict.

Ended May 19, 2019

Carnegie Art Museum
424 S C St, Oxnard, CA 93030
Los Angeles, CA

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Trace, watercolor, 2018
Tap, watercolor, 2018

What Lies Within, solo show at George Billis Gallery

Twenty of my recent watercolor paintings combining the traditions of still life and painted text with themes of confinement, contemplation and acceptance of life's strange twists were featured in "What lies within," a solo exhibition at George Billis Gallery in the Culver City arts district.

Ended June 23, 2018.

George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Some paintings from this show are still available... Click here to see.

Soluble Power at the Carnegie Art Museum

Sparky, watercolor, 2013
Buzz, watercolor, 2014

It was my privilege to be able to contribute ten recent paintings, to Soluble Power, a museum exhibition exploring the use of watercolor by six Southern California artists. Curated by Suzanne Bellah for the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, CA, the show also featured watercolors by Gary Brewer, Gail Faulkner, Joanne Julian, Mona Neuhaus, and Doug Shoemaker. This show ended on August 20, 2017

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Tapping, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.

The Cityscape Show VII at George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles

I was pleased to be included in a group show celebrating the ever-changing and multi-faceted urban landscape of Los Angeles. This was the gallery's seventh such urban landscape-themed exhibition, featuring gallery artists and invited artist guests. My contribution was a watercolor painting combining a theme of thwarted longing close at hand with a view of a modern and indifferent metropolis in the distance. This exhibition ran from July 8 to August 19, 2017.

Ended August 19, 2017

George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

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What's Clear Now, solo show at George Billis Gallery

Dreamcatcher, watercolor, 2015
Nesting, watercolor, 2014

Sixteen of my latest watercolor paintings featuring desktop life and death dramas, handwritten notes from strangers, invertebrates in jeopardy, and other vibrant and transparent subjects, were featured in "What's Clear Now," a solo exhibition at George Billis Gallery in the Culver City arts district in early spring 2016. This exhibition also included the first oil paintings I've shown anywhere in the last ten years.

Ended April 2, 2016

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George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Recent Work at Swenson Fine Art in Laguna Beach, CA

Realistic watercolor
Milk, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.
Realistic watercolor
Shine, watercolor, 10 x 7 in.

Recent Work by Los Angeles artist Paul Pitsker at Swenson Fine Art focused on the trials of navigating a world filled with dire perils as well as intense and exquisite beauty. The transparency of watercolor as a medium dovetails cleanly with these transparent themes and subjects.

Swenson Fine Art
460 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA

Ended February 15, 2012

One watercolor painting from this show is still available.

WILDlife at Heather James Fine Art in Jackson, WY

Photo-realistic watercolor
Chill, watercolor, 2008
Photorealistic watercolor
Muffled, watercolor, 2011

"WILDlife playfully reinterprets the traditional notion of animal depictions in art by displaying conventional imagery with avant-garde portrayals of the creatures of nature. The exhibition parallels Heather James Fine Artís program of presenting art from a wide-range of genres, movements and cultures by bringing together a diverse group of art and artists from cultural antiquities to modern and cutting-edge contemporary with works representative of the wildlife art genre..."   (more) (more)

Heather James Fine Art
172 Center Street
Jackson, WY
(307) 200-6090

Ended September 30, 2011.

Some work is still available.

Enigmas and Elegies at Left Coast Galleries, Studio City, CA

Tilt, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.
Pointed, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.

Left Coast Galleries featured over twenty of my watercolors in the solo exhibition "Enigmas and Elegies." Taking on delicate subjects, both literally and figuratively, these paintings also apply the delicacy and transparency of watercolor to explore the effects of light through materials of varying translucence or reflected from unforgiving metal surfaces.

Left Coast Galleries
11734 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA  91604    

Ended: May 25, 2010

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Spotted, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.

Tiger beetle conservation exhibit in Lincoln, Nebraska

I was pleased to be invited to participate in "Salt Creek Environment: Local and Endangered," an entomology/conservation-themed exhibit at the Haydon Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. The work of the 23 artists in this show feature the endangered salt creek tiger beetle, one of the rarest insects in the world. This predatory beetle, and the unique inland saline marsh in which it lives, is currently threatened by encroaching development and habitat degradation.

Curated by entomologist Tierney Brosius at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, the exhibit was funded in part by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Saline Wetland Partnership, and the Xerces Society.

Ended July 31, 2009

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Spirits Of Los Angeles at the L.A. Municipal Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park

Curated by Los Angeles painter Raoul De la Sota, this exhibit brought together 14 L.A. artists who share a common interest in the unseen, and who explore, in varying degrees, the duality of a symbolic, non-material reality existing side by side with the contemporary urban experience. I contributed five works to this show -- three figurative oil paintings at the main gallery space at Barnsdall Art Park, and two additional works (including the watercolor shown here) that were exhibited in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles Airport.

Los Angeles Municipal Gallery 
4800 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Ended April 20, 2008

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Grounder, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.

Pinch, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.
Dryer, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.

New works on paper: You are here at Bandini Art in Culver City, Fall 2007

Bandini Art Gallery in Culver City featured over a dozen of my recent works on paper in a two-person exhibit with assemblage artist Ashley McLean Emenegger.  Called You are here, this exhibit explored issues of presence, perspective, and impermanence. My contribution was a series of watercolors that combine fictional scenes of impending disaster with word play and dark humor.

Bandini Art Gallery
2635 S. Fairfax Ave
Culver City, CA

Ended December 8, 2007

Erasing, watercolor, 10 x 7 in.
Everything, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.

Contemporary Realism at Modern Masters Fine Art in Palm Desert, November 2007

Several of my watercolor paintings were included in the winter Contemporary Realism show at Modern Masters Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA. Also featured were recent paintings by Braldt Bralds, Dan Griggs, and Michael Sokolis.

Modern Masters Fine Art
(now Melissa Morgan Fine Art)
73040 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA

Ended December 2007

Small pigeon holes, watercolor, 8 x 6 in.

About Paul Pitsker

I have been making art obsessively all my life in a variety of media. My watercolors depict puzzling dilemmas, unexpected encounters, and staged existential dramas, often involving local urban wildlife, which I strive to render with photographic clarity, humor and sympathy. These small creatures might be stand-ins for you and me in urgent situations involving seemingly indifferent forces beyond our control. Or they might be the apparent recipients of scrawled messages lying directly underfoot and yet remaining forever outside their awareness. These paintings aim to combine an intense, sharp-focus realism with an atmosphere of disquiet and a sense of the impenetrable strangeness and fragility of life.

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