March 2, 2023 – April 28, 2023
Art Opening Reception: Friday, March 10, 2023 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ 12 Vassar Street
Archil Pichkhadze received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC where he studied illustration and his MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College. While at Brooklyn College, Pichkhadze was profoundly influenced by his instructor, the esteemed realist painter, Lennart Anderson. “I am in love with the visual world,” he states. “For me, the most important part of making a painting is the act of looking. I want each painting to hold the viewers gaze, let him or her enter and wonder around a bit, making their own personal connections and discoveries along the way.” Pichkhadze’s painting presents him with the task of balancing its many elements and equates it like lines in a poem where the parts of the painting have to support and play off of each other in order for the whole to succeed. The implied narratives in his work over the last decade have floated much closer to the surface with these images attempting to balance the visual and emotional complexities found at the borders of observational realism, fading memories and lost dreams. His exhibit at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center presents a selection of these paintings for viewers to experience a touch of wonder. Pichkhadze resides in Ulster County, NY.