50 Contemporary Watercolor Paintings

Artist: Paul Pitsker   Biography

Description:
Contemporary watercolor artist Paul Pitsker's personal take on the still life tradition is to mentally repunctuate it as "Still, life!" He paints staged existential dilemmas featuring insects, birds and other small creatures in alarmingly perilous situations, and for whom the human viewer is powerless to intervene, as well as still life compositions incorporating anonymous handwritten notes suggesting offstage and unresolved human drama. Word play is an important element in his work, in the form of deadpan titles as well as the literal text painted into the work, with its punning language and ambiguous meanings. The laborious painting of text that appear to have been jotted down in pencil in mere seconds, as well as the hyperrealistic rendering of images that look like they might have been captured with the mere click of a button, all contribute to a sense of ecstatic hope and obsession. It's a celebration of the intensity and strangeness of life in the face of our mutual and inevitable mortality, and of the pleasures and and trials of a labor-intensive painting practice involving an indelible medium in the face of the triumph of image reproduction technologies and the oft proclaimed and as often denied death of painting itself. Pitsker just as stubbornly defies watercolor's insistence on wet-in-wet effects, paint blooms and other happy accidents as he does the critical consensus that truly relevent contemporary painting can only recycle the past. The overwhelming power of the now, that is, the giddy and terrible pleasure of being alive at this particular moment despite the oppressive weight of history, the lurking perils of the moment, and the looming darkness on the horizon, is what truly matters.

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Blinds, 2013 , 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Dreaming, 2014 , 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Side, 2006, 9 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Insider, 2015, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Thanks, 2012, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Buzz, 2013 , 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Jasmine, 2014 , 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Matches, 2014 , 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Sparky, 2012 , 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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After, 2007, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Dryer, 2007, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor landscape



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Chill, 2008, 25 x 17", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor landscape



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Flutes, 2009, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Left shot, 2010, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Libation, 2011, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Milk, 2011, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Clear, 2009, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Miss, 2007, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Mixer, 2008, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Muffled, 2011, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Inky, 2011, 20 x 15", watecolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Later, 24 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Perhaps never, 2011, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Pinch, 2007, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Erasing, 2008, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Pointed, 2010, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor landscape



Watercolor

Pressing, 2007, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Prop, 2008, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Ride, 2006, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Secret, 2012, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Seep, 2008, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Shine, 2011, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Small pigeon holes, 2009, 8 x 6", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Small window, 2010, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life



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Spotted, 2009, 20 x 15", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor landscape


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Stems, 2009, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Still, 2011, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Stinger, 2006, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Stuck, 2005, 25 x 17", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Thick, 2009, 8 x 6", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Grip, 2007, 17.5 x 11.75", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Through, 2007, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Tilt, 2010, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Toast, 2006, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Twist, 2007, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Wasted, 2006, 25 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Alight, 2012, 8 x 6", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Finger, 2012, 8 x 6", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Grounder, 2006, 24 x 18", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life


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Wine glass, 2009, 10 x 7", watercolor

Style: Contemporary watercolor, contemporary realism, watercolor still life