Recent watercolors at Billis Williams Gallery in Los Angeles in 2024

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Distant, watercolor, 2023
Many worlds, watercolor, 2021

A solo exhibition of my recent watercolors opened at Billis Williams Gallery in Los Angeles on January 13, 2024. Titled Every tiny little thing, the work in this show spanned a time period during which I was recovering from a traumatic injury to my drawing hand that derailed my painting practice for half a year and which is still impacting my productivity. Containing some smaller watercolor paintings than I've shown before, this exhibition was about finding solace and humor in lowered expectations and minor miracles.

This show ended on February 17, 2024.

You can read more about this exhibit in American Art Collector magazine. Or click here to see all the paintings in the show.

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2023 Group Show in New York City

Cheery, watercolor, 2020, 3.5 x 4 in.
Three of my recent watercolor paintings were part of a fun summer group show opening June 1, 2023 at George Billis Gallery in New York City, including the smallest painting I've done in years (shown here).

This show ended on June 29, 2023.

George Billis Gallery
527 West 23rd Street (Ground Floor),
New York, NY 10011

See my other paintings in this exhibit here...

2021 Watercolor Show in Connecticut

Change, watercolor, 2018
Watching, watercolor, 2019

An exhibition of my watercolor paintings exploring themes of transparency, fragility, and a somewhat comforting illusion of safety from various mortal hazards, opened at George Billis Gallery Westport on June 18, 2021. Eight of my recent paintings were featured.

This show ended July 25, 2021.

George Billis Gallery Westport
166 Main Street
Westport, CT  06880 (map)

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It's all arranged, solo show at George Billis Gallery Los Angeles

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Timeout, watercolor, 2019
Quarantine, watercolor, 2020

It's all arranged, a solo exhibition of my recent watercolor paintings, combining still life and painted text with themes of confinement, yearning, and looming disaster, opened at George Billis Gallery Los Angeles on November 21, 2020.

This show ended January 16, 2021.

George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA   (map)

Some paintings from the show are still available... Click here to see.

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Signals, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.

Exhibit at the Carnegie Art Museum

Two of my watercolor paintings were included in The Imaginary, a group show at the Carnegie Art Museum exploring art that co-mingles realism with elements arising from the imagination. The small creatures inhabiting my watercolor paintings in this show entice the viewer to first empathize with them as the unlikely heroes of staged dramas involving impossible situations or forces beyond their control, and then to imagine what might happen next. These otherwise realistic still life paintings encourage one to supply an imagined ending, happy or otherwise, to the impossible narratives they depict.

Ended May 19, 2019

Carnegie Art Museum
424 S C St, Oxnard, CA 93030
Los Angeles, CA

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Trace, watercolor, 2018
Tap, watercolor, 2018

What Lies Within, solo show at George Billis Gallery Los Angeles

Twenty of my watercolor paintings were featured in What lies within, a solo exhibition at George Billis Gallery Los Angeles. The punning title of this show plays with the theme of transparency as it applies to colorful and translucent subjects rendered in transparent watercolor as well as to the unreliability of the textual and narrative elements in these scenes.

Ended June 23, 2018.

George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Some paintings from this show are still available... Click here to see.

Soluble Power at the Carnegie Art Museum

Sparky, watercolor, 2013
Buzz, watercolor, 2014

It was my privilege to be able to contribute ten watercolor paintings, to Soluble Power, a museum exhibition exploring the use of watercolor by six Southern California artists. Curated by Suzanne Bellah for the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, CA, the show also featured watercolors by Gary Brewer, Gail Faulkner, Joanne Julian, Mona Neuhaus, and Doug Shoemaker. This show ended on August 20, 2017

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What's Clear Now, solo show at George Billis Gallery Los Angeles

Dreamcatcher, watercolor, 2015
Nesting, watercolor, 2014

Sixteen of my latest watercolor paintings featuring desktop life and death dramas, handwritten notes from strangers, invertebrates in jeopardy, and other vibrant and transparent subjects, were featured in "What's Clear Now," a solo exhibition at George Billis Gallery in the Culver City arts district in early spring 2016. This exhibition also included the first oil paintings I've shown anywhere in the last ten years.

Ended April 2, 2016

A few paintings are still available... View the Gallery

George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

WILDlife at Heather James Fine Art

Photo-realistic watercolor
Chill, watercolor, 2008
Photorealistic watercolor
Muffled, watercolor, 2011

"WILDlife playfully reinterprets the traditional notion of animal depictions in art by displaying conventional imagery with avant-garde portrayals of the creatures of nature. The exhibition parallels Heather James Fine Artís program of presenting art from a wide-range of genres, movements and cultures by bringing together a diverse group of art and artists from cultural antiquities to modern and cutting-edge contemporary with works representative of the wildlife art genre..."   (more)

Heather James Fine Art
172 Center Street
Jackson, WY
(307) 200-6090

Ended September 30, 2011.

Enigmas and Elegies at Left Coast Galleries, Studio City, CA

Tilt, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.
Pointed, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.

Left Coast Galleries featured over twenty of my watercolors in the solo exhibition "Enigmas and Elegies." Taking on delicate subjects, both literally and figuratively, these paintings also apply the delicacy and transparency of watercolor to explore the effects of light through materials of varying translucence or reflected from unforgiving metal surfaces.

Left Coast Galleries
11734 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA  91604    

Ended: May 25, 2010

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Spotted, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.

Tiger beetle conservation exhibit in Lincoln, Nebraska

I was pleased to be invited to participate in "Salt Creek Environment: Local and Endangered," an entomology/conservation-themed exhibit at the Haydon Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. The work of the 23 artists in this show feature the endangered salt creek tiger beetle, one of the rarest insects in the world. This predatory beetle, and the unique inland saline marsh in which it lives, is currently threatened by encroaching development and habitat degradation.

Curated by entomologist Tierney Brosius at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, the exhibit was funded in part by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the Saline Wetland Partnership, and the Xerces Society.

Ended July 31, 2009

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Spirits Of Los Angeles at the L.A. Municipal Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park

Curated by Los Angeles painter Raoul De la Sota, this exhibit brought together 14 L.A. artists who share a common interest in the unseen, and who explore, in varying degrees, the duality of a symbolic, non-material reality existing side by side with the contemporary urban experience. I contributed five works to this show -- three figurative oil paintings at the main gallery space at Barnsdall Art Park, and two additional works (including the watercolor shown here) that were exhibited in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles Airport.

Los Angeles Municipal Gallery 
4800 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Ended April 20, 2008

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Grounder, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.

Pinch, watercolor, 20 x 15 in.
Dryer, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.

New works on paper: You are here at Bandini Art in Culver City, Fall 2007

Bandini Art Gallery in Culver City featured over a dozen of my latest works on paper in a two-person exhibit with assemblage artist Ashley McLean Emenegger.  Called You are here, this exhibit explored issues of presence, perspective, and impermanence. My contribution was a series of watercolors that combine fictional scenes of impending disaster with word play and dark humor.

Bandini Art Gallery
2635 S. Fairfax Ave
Culver City, CA

Ended December 8, 2007

You can see the work in the show here.

Erasing, watercolor, 10 x 7 in.
Everything, watercolor, 25 x 18 in.

Contemporary Realism at Modern Masters Fine Art in Palm Desert, November 2007

Several of my watercolor paintings were included in the winter Contemporary Realism show at Modern Masters Fine Art in Palm Desert, CA. Also featured were recent paintings by Braldt Bralds, Dan Griggs, and Michael Sokolis.

Modern Masters Fine Art
(now Melissa Morgan Fine Art)
73040 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA

Ended December 2007

Small pigeon holes, watercolor, 8 x 6 in.

About Paul Pitsker

I have been making art obsessively all my life in a variety of media. My watercolors depict puzzling dilemmas, unexpected encounters, and staged existential dramas, often involving local urban wildlife, which I strive to render with photographic clarity, humor and sympathy. These small creatures might be stand-ins for you and me in urgent situations involving seemingly indifferent forces beyond our control. Or they might be the apparent recipients of scrawled messages lying directly underfoot and yet remaining forever outside their awareness. These paintings aim to combine an intense, sharp-focus realism with an atmosphere of disquiet and a sense of the impenetrable strangeness and fragility of life.

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