The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibit, “Times of Our Lives: Selected Watercolors by Henk Pander,” from July 6 to September 2 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Pander, one of the region’s most noted painters, will present recent large-scale watercolors and works from his recent series, War Memories, Liberty Ships and the Climate Refugees of Vanport. As part of the Henk Pander exhibition in the Runyan Gallery, documentary films about the artist by his son, Jacob Pander, will screen in the VAC Media Room. A First Friday opening reception will be held on July 6, 5-7pm, with a short artist talk at 5:45pm. Pander will present an extended artist talk on Saturday, August 11, at 4pm in the Runyan Gallery at the VAC.
Henk Pander, a Dutch-born artist trained at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, arrived in Portland in 1965, and except for brief periods, has lived in Oregon ever since. Pander taught painting and drawing at the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest Museum of Art) from 1965-67 but otherwise has supported himself and his family as a working artist. He is known for creating works that challenge the status quo of modern art of the Pacific Northwest.
“This will be Henk Pander’s first exhibition in Newport,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. “And we are honored to showcase some of his latest watercolors, including work recently featured in the “Vanport Mosaic” festival held this spring in Portland. Pander will exhibit 10-12 watercolors, most sized 40” x 60.” Subject matter will include landscapes from across the state, Vanport Flood escapees and other historical narratives, and the Oregon coast, including a work from his series on the wreck of the New Carrisa.
Henk Pander is the recipient of the Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts (2015), a Master Fellowship in painting from the Oregon Arts Commission (1991), a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (2006), and a Prix de Rome Silver Medal from the Netherlands (1961), among many other awards.
“In his drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings, Pander depicts subjects ranging from the death of friends to erotic fantasies, from the wreck of the New Carissa to the ruins of Ground Zero, and from the skylines of Portland and Amsterdam to abandoned airplanes and automobiles in the American West,” writes Roger Hull in Henk Pander: Memory and Modern (Hallie Ford Museum of Art). “His training provided him with skills that related to Dutch art extending back to the 17th century as well as to 20th-century movements such as Expressionism and Surrealism.”
Pander is also a noted portraitist. In 1976, he was commissioned to paint the posthumous portrait of C.S. Price, Oregon’s pioneering modernist painter, for Timberline Lodge, and his portraits of Governors Tom McCall (1982) and John Kitzhaber (2009) hang in the capitol in Salem.
Henk Pander’s works are in many collections, including those of the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), Museum Henriette Polak (Zutphen, The Netherlands), City of Amsterdam, City of Portland, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena), Portland Art Museum, Frye Art Museum (Seattle), Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), and Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Willamette University), where a 50-year retrospective exhibition of his work was shown in 2011. His public commissions are at Oregon State University, Oregon Public Safety Academy (Salem), Portland Center for the Visual Arts and other locations.
The Runyan Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am to 6pm. The Media Room is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm.
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