"Spanish Rooftops" oil 18"x 24”
Desmond O’Hagan Two-Day Studio Workshop
July 6-7, 2019, at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. For more info, link below:
In March of 2018, I was awarded Eminent Pastelist status by the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). This achievement is the result of accumulated points earned from acceptance in IAPS international juried exhibitions and awards won. Currently, there are only twelve pastel artists worldwide with this designation.
The changing color, the ever-shifting lights, the energy of moving figures and traffic, the bustling markets and busy shops.... I strive to capture the energy and uniqueness or everyday life. I paint how we see and this is very much by design; I strive to create a three dimensional view on a two dimensional surface.
My eye is attracted to the effect of light and energy - the moment that turns your head and makes you take a second look. Everything is a combination of abstract shapes that combine to form a representation of life. With my paintings, I enlist the viewer's eye to interpret the detail that is only loosely implied.
Desmond O'Hagan Artist Profile
Last year, I was asked by F&W Media to film four new instructional videos exploring the art of Edgar Degas.
This newly released set is titled "Decoding Degas." Along with demonstrating two of my paintings, I recreated a Degas pastel in the spirit of copying the masters. Copying master painters is an age-old tradition among artists to gain insight on art technique.
For more information and a preview, please enter my name in search on www.artistsnetwork.com.
Along with these videos, a new artist profile was produced. Please click on the link below:
China Exhibition and Trip
In October of 2016, I was invited to exhibit my art at the 2nd Biennial China International Pastel Exhibition in Suzhou, China. This exhibition included 60 foreign artists and 40 Chinese artists. Of the 60 foreign artists, 5 were invited and hosted by the Ming Gallery of Art in Suzhou. Artists invited were Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Alain J. Picard, Tony Allain, Stan Sperlak, and me. Also invited was Anne Hevener, Editor of the Pastel Journal. Along with exhibiting in the show, we conducted workshops, pastel demonstrations, and seminars at schools and universities. The above photos are merely a glimpse of what was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. (touch images to view more photos)
Click on the following article, "A Pastel Awakening" written by Anne Hevener, to read more about the exhibition and trip.
Our Chinese hosts created a video of our experience in Suzhou which can be seen by clicking on the following link: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/QOoNnJiPCKV07EJ0c-Mk3Q