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Enrico Pinardi:
Metaphysics, Mystery, and Magic
February 12 – March 28, 2004
Tisch and Koppelman Galleries

The Tufts University Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Boston artist Enrico Pinardi’s signature triptych paintings, mixed media drawings, and sculpture that focuses on the theme of metaphysical still life. Highlighted is a 10 by 20 foot three-dimensional installation of hand-carved wood sculpture never before shown in Boston. Also for the first time, this exhibition of Pinardi’s work includes a series of still life models that are the subject of many of his artworks. “Be Prepared,” comments art historian Annie Loechle in the catalog essay, when looking at Pinardi’s work, “…you must question what lies beyond the comfortable world of familiar objects.”

Conveying ideas about metaphysics, surrealism, symbolism, and all elements mystical and spiritual, Pinardi’s work evokes that of 20th century masters Giorgio de Chirico, Rene Magritte and Giorgio Morandi. A prolific draftsman, he develops his ideas through a combination of innovative techniques and adventurous use of materials. He has been mastering his technical skill and expanding his cerebral imagery for over forty years.

Pinardi trained as an ecclesiastical sculptor before pursuing his formal art education. His work has been exhibited widely since the 1960s and now is collected internationally. He was born and raised in Somerville, MA and now resides in Hyde Park, MA. Pinardi is a Professor Emeritus at Rhode Island College, Providence, RI, where he taught drawing and sculpture for over thirty years.

This exhibition is organized by the Tufts University Gallery with generous help from the Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA. A 20-page illustrated catalog is available with essay by Annie Loechle, Ph.D candidate at Indiana University.

Image: Enrico Pinardi
Le Diablo Card (triptych)
Oil Painting
22 x 48 inches
Courtesy of Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA