Paul Pinzarrone exhibits at Kortman

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Established Rockford artist Paul Pinzarrone, who created colorful and compelling abstract paintings in the 1970s and ’80s, returns to the art world with an exhibition at the Kortman Gallery. Simply titled “New Work,” the exhibit presents even more compelling abstract works, but created in an entirely new way.

“These new pieces differ from my earlier work in the method that they are done. Gone are the air brushes, acrylic lacquers, acrylic sheeting, masking, X-Acto blades, gloves, sand blasters and hundreds of jars of color paints,” says Pinzarrone. “My new tools are computer programs, 2-D and 3-D CAD programs, mathematical formulas and graphic accelerators. My newest images find their roots in earlier pieces and show the progression of my work over the years.”

“Pinzarrone’s new abstracts are nothing short of amazing,” said Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky. “His bright, complicated imagery draws you in and takes you on a visual journey through layers upon layers of color, patterns and shapes.”

Pinzarrone’s work is represented in many important art collections in the Rockford area and throughout the United States. This exhibition will be the first opportunity to see his work in more than two decades.

Kortman Gallery is upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. An opening reception with a live performance of computer-generated music by Dan Mackey, who uses digital synthesizers to create contemporary sounds, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 17. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 968-0123 or visit

From the June 15-21, 2005 issue

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