Gallery Padien announces grand opening

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 6:00pm

When Block Island artist William Padien was asked why he was opening his new gallery, his answer was simple: there were no other galleries that showed larger works, so he had to open his own. Gallery Padien is located in Bridge Gate Square between The Old Post Office Bagel Shop and Washington Trust.

The first opening reception will take place on Thursday, July 15 from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring works by Padien and Sean Hartnett.
Hartnett was born in rural upstate New York in 1941. He graduated from Stanford University in 1964 did graduate studies at Columbia and the University of Perugia, in Italy.
He studied sculpture at the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, NY, and in 1969 he built a house and studio there. He helped Roman sculptor Raffaele Martini set up the Woodstock bronze foundry.

In 1970, Hartnett moved to Pietrasanta, Italy, and has maintained a studio there ever since, despite visits for work or teaching in Florence, Italy, Austin, Texas, and New Haven, Connecticut.

Since 1987 the sculptor has lived and worked in his studios in Peitrasanta and Block Island. He has shown extensively in Europe and the United States, and his sculptures are included in important collections on both continents.

There is no mistaking a Padien work for its striking layered application and slashing strokes that evoke the grace of nature in motion. An accomplished
colorist in the vein of Ellsworth Kelly, Padien is a widely-collected artist whose work has elements of late Impressionism, merging with the essence of Minimalism. His latest is in a scale to compliment today’s large-space interiors. On his canvasses, landscape and still-life take on the sweep of drama.

Padien trained at the Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, where he received his M.F.A.
He was associated for over a decade, and continues to consult with Gemini G.E.L., the renowned West Coast artists’ workshop, where he collaborated with many of the foremost Abstract Expressionists and Pop Art practitioners of the mid-20th century, including Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Serra, Diebenkorn, and Ellsworth Kelly, with whom he maintained a long friendship until his death in 2015.
Padien’s work was exhibited in leading Los Angeles galleries until he relocated to Block Island. His work is in numerous private collections.

The gallery will have changing exhibits all summer long, rotating in other works by both artists.