“Simpler Days” by Jose Pardo

“Simpler Days”

Oil on wood panel

20” x 16”


Available through Castle Gallery

The painting will be on display in NOAPS’ Best of America national juried show. It is available for purchase through Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where the show will be exhibited. The opening reception is October 20th from 5-9pm and the show runs through November 11th. The gallery is open 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday, and can be contacted by phone: (260) 426-6568, or email: [email protected]

About the Painting:

I think I might have an old soul, and I’m perfectly OK with it. Don’t get me wrong, I like technology and love science, but the pace and priorities of society these days is a little alarming to me. While I don’t want to turn back the clock to the supposedly “good old days” I do often feel I was born in the wrong time period. My painting “Simpler Days” is a manifestation of some of those feelings. Although all of the objects depicted are easily from within my lifetime, some of them might well be alien to some of today’s children. Change is inevitable, but not always good for it’s own sake.

The roller skates are actually my wife’s from her childhood and one of my favorite things I have painted. It’s funny how sometimes the objects I think will be challenging to paint turn out to be fairly easy, like the teddy bear, yet other objects like the slinky, turn out to be the real “bear” to paint.

Upcoming Solo Show:

The Center for Fine and Performing Arts Gallery at Seminole State College in Sanford Florida will host a one-person show of my latest paintings. The opening reception for “Literature, Libations, and little white lies” is Thursday, October 5th, from 5 to 7pm, I will be giving a brief talk about my art at the reception. You can find all the details on my website, in my Events page.

I am a representational painter specializing in meticulously constructed and painted still lifes. Most of them tell a story or express my view on a philosophical idea or concept. I also enjoy painting the figure from time to time and the show includes a few examples. I draw much of my inspiration and sometimes pay tribute to the wide range of authors I enjoy, Hemingway, Poe, Adams, Asimov and many others. Many of the paintings have won recognition including several Best of Show awards, there are also many paintings that will be exhibited publicly for the first time.

I am a member of Oil Painters of America and National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society.

You can see more of my work on my website, www.pardostudio.us.

You can follow my artistic process (and occasionally, the escapades of my cats) on FaceBook and Instagram under PardoStudio.


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