Hank Pitcher: Look Out

Posted on Feb 26 by SEASONS Magazine

"Linc and Kelly" by Hank Pitcher, photo courtesy of Hank Pitcher.

“Linc and Kelly at El Capitan” by Hank Pitcher, photo courtesy of Hank Pitcher.

Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu St.) showcases Hank Pitcher’s exhibition “LOOK OUT” March 2 through April 30.

Hank Pitcher’s unique artistry is its own style resembling something in between abstract and realist forms. His art looks to encapsulate the feeling of Southern California—many of his pieces are inspired by coastal landscapes and culture. Pitcher recently took a three year hiatus to travel abroad, now he is back and ready to present his newest exhibition “LOOK OUT.” Although he may roam, Pitcher is tied to the ocean, for the past four decades he has been looking to the ocean to lay the framework for his artistic endeavors. Many of his newest paintings were conceived in his studio that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

This new exhibition makes reference to a very pointed time in his life, specifically a few particular days when Pitcher was painting out at Coal Oil Point. During one of these days, Pitcher witnessed a Blue Belly Lizard doing push-ups to attract females, what the lizard did not notice was the Great White Egret stalking him. While the lizard was acutely focused on finding a mate, the egret had found a meal. Pitcher watched the tense scene unfold and drew inspiration from this moment for his art. Coastal settings are often associated with leisure, but if one looks closer, dramatic scenes that liken mythic drama unfold very close to shore.

The search for the fantastic in the seemingly mundane is an integral part of Pitcher’s work. Every year he paints the Winter Solstice. Most often, he paints this solstice while at Point Conception, a beautiful headland along the Pacific Coast. Although this is merely a location attraction to many, Pitcher recognizes that it is a place shrouded in Chumash legend.

Pitcher has been exhibiting his artwork for 40 years and has been passionate about art his entire life. He currently lectures at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies where he’s served since 1971.

For more information, visit sullivangoss.com or call 805/730-1460.

—Lauren Bennett



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