July 2, 2004

Strange Angels

Recent paintings by Paul Pitsker
at Gallery 825/LAAA in Los Angeles

June 26 - July 23, 2004

Reception for the artist: Friday, July 2, 2004, 6 - 9 PM

Los Angeles artist Paul Pitsker is exhibiting a series of eight new paintings at Gallery 825/LAAA in Los Angeles. Called "Strange Angels," this show explores psychological and spiritual themes, such as the thwarted desire for transcendence, by depicting figures stuck midway through bizarre transformations. Rather than intact divine beings, Pitsker's angels are caricatures of tormented subjects, misassembled hybrids, and tragicomic grotesqueries acting out parodies of spiritual longing. Rendered with a photographic attention to detail, these beautiful and disquieting paintings evoke an atmosphere of mystery and an acute sense of the unexpected strangeness of life.

Flapping, 2004, oil on canvas, 24 x 48"

Paul Pitsker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont. For the past eleven years he has been creating and exhibiting artworks that explore themes involving identity, subjectivity, mortality and desire. His paintings have been exhibited internationally, winning awards and placements in numerous private collections. Pitsker currently lives and works in Santa Monica, CA.

Strange Angels will continue through July 23, 2004. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12 - 5 p.m. and Tuesdays by appointment.

For further information please contact:

Ashley Emenegger, Executive Director, or
Sinead Finnerty, Associate Director
Gallery 825/LAAA
825 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069