The Opening with Andre & Friends
On a perfect spring evening, a lively group of art fans welcomed artist Andre Pater at a reception held by the National Sporting Library Museum to open his show, "In a Sporting Light." It is a second career retrospective and contains a wonderful variety of oils, pastels and drawings from very early in his career to more recent years.
The Polish born artist seemed to enjoy being surrounded by fans, graciously allowing photos and answering questions, taking the notoriety and adulation in stride. Pater spoke eloquently and sometimes softly of his journey to becoming a premier sporting artist before leading the quests through the collection that words are simply unable to describe.
NANCY KLECK, MIDDLESBURG ECCENTRIC
Renowned Artist Andre Pater
and 45 of his iconic works of art are on display at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middlesburg, Virginia through August 13, 2017
Andre Pater: In a Sporting Light
The bold and vibrant compositions of contemporary sporting artist Andre Pater (Polish-American, b. 1953) are often compared to those of the great 20th-century British sporting artist Sir Alfred Munnings. Pater’s refinement in pastels in addition to the classic medium of oil solidifies his rightful place as an illustrious artist in the 21st century.
Works from collections across the country will be represented in the retrospective exhibition, Andre Pater: In a Sporting Light. “Go beyond the mere image, and the painting becomes a ‘matter of light,’ ” notes sporting art authority and National Sporting Library & Museum Board Member Lorian Peralta-Ramos of Pater’s work. “Horses, colorful jockeys’ silks, hounds, and cattle are all textures and as surfaces, each have their own particular reflective properties.” The retrospective exhibition and accompanying catalog present an in-depth analysis of Pater’s mastery of the use of light and insightful understanding of animal anatomy and behavior.
End of the Day
Oil on canvas - 1996