Peter Ar­guim­bau

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“Ifeel that I was born to paint light,” says artist Peter Ar­guim­bau, who in 1958 started an ap­pren­tice­ship with his fa­ther by grind­ing fresh color from pow­dered pig­ments as he painted por­trait com­mis­sions. He won Best in Show at the Darien Art Show and the Hunt­ing­ton Award at the Hud­son Val­ley Art As­so­ci­a­tion in White Plains, New York. At 16, Ar­guim­bau be­gan study­ing Reuben’s tech­nique with Frank Ma­son for 14 years at the Art Stu­dents League.

“He showed me how to paint the light ef­fect in all forms of mo­tifs. For the last 40 years while work­ing with Flem­ish tech­nique, I have been cal­i­brat­ing and mas­ter­ing these dry­ing oils with just a hand­ful of col­ors,” says the artist. “The in­tox­i­cat­ing thrill is in watch­ing forms come to life as the col­ors chem­i­cally fuse to­gether while the glazes cre­ate mil­lions of pris­matic hues of lu­min­ist light.

I love paint­ing the fluid trans­parency of wa­ter and sky with re­flec­tions as well as draw­ing the majesty of a clip­per ship un­der sail. On oc­ca­sion, I’ll cap­ture the glint in the eye of a por­trait.”

Flem­ish tech­nique has given Ar­guim­bau courage to write a book and spread this knowl­edge; Find­ing Rem­brandt’s Medium, The Lost

Se­cret of Art is cur­rently un­der edit. Watch­ing peo­ple be­come en­gaged in the unique qual­ity of his paint­ings pro­pelled Ar­guim­bau and his wife to open Ar­guim­bau Art in Green­wich, Con­necti­cut. Ar­guim­bau and his son also opened the Mariner Gallery, which ex­hibits marine paint­ings in the his­toric dis­trict of Newport, Rhode Is­land.

Clock­wise from left:

Brook­lyn Bridge, oil on can­vas, 44 x 70"

Flag, oil on can­vas, 48 x 80"

Black Dog, Vine­yard Haven, oil on panel, 24 x 34"

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