How do you celebrate a lifetime in art? You open a gallery in bucolic Bucks County and have your art on display for all the world to see. That is exactly what artist Al Lachman did at Lachman Gallery in Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania. A few hours from New York, a day or weekend trip to historic Bucks County offers a wealth of new talent in a beautiful setting. Staten Islanders interested in fine art should visit Lachman Gallery and see this little known gem on a trip to Pennsylvania. There is a collector in us all. Why not discover new talent in the rolling farmlands of Pennsylvania? For more about Mr. Lachman’s art visit http://www.askart.com and http://www.lachmanstudios.com.
According to http://www.askart.com, Mr. Lachman was born in 1936 in New York City. He studied at Syracuse University, the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League in New York City where he was tutored under Robert Philipp, who at the time was called “one of the ten best painters in America” by critic Henry McBride, added the biography. Robert Philipp took Lachman under his wing and invited Lachman on several occasions to his studio at Carnegie Hall, according to the web site. “It was under Philipp’s persistent tutelage that Lachman developed his painterly approach. His passion for color and expressionism would come later,” added the web site.
Lachman also studied at the Art Students League with Americo Difranza, one of America’s greatest pastel artists, where he quickly fell in love with pastels as well as his passion for oils. He later filled in for Difranza as instructor for several months at the League when Difranza became ill.”In the ensuing years, Lachman became known for his pastels as well as his oil paintings. He was honored and received “Best of Show, The Joseph Giffuni Memorial Award” presented at the 20th Annual National Exhibition by the Pastel Society of America at the National Arts Club in New York City. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon any U.S. artist who works in pastel annually. He was further honored as a Director on the Board of Control of the Pastel Society of America and one of the original founders and first instructors of the PSA School for Pastels, which is the only one of its kind in the U.S.,” added the web site.
During the course of his professional career as a fine artist, Lachman has painted and drawn thousands of works which include landscapes, barns, figurative and still life. Known as a colorist for his luminous landscapes and painterly style, his paintings are both expressionistic and realistic at the same time. Lachman’s influences can be drawn from Van Gogh, Rothko, Degas and Emil Nolde.
“Recognized for his expressive paintings of barns, landscapes, figurative and still life, Lachman paints intuitively, pouring himself into the painting while inviting the viewer to accompany him on a journey. “The advantage artists have is that they have a vehicle to communicate their uniqueness,” according to Lachman, explaining his philosophy on the web site. “When we communicate our uniqueness to other people, we create value in their lives, and by doing so, we add value to our own. If we can all find a way to do that, artist or not, I believe that is our purpose in life.”
As a painter, teacher, author and juror for over five decades, Lachman has received numerous awards throughout his career. He was honored for his lifetime achievements and contributions in American art by “Who’s Who in American Art” (2005-2006), as well as numerous interviews and articles written about his varied approaches to art.
“In 2001, the first time in its history, the Canadian government decided to publicly address and institute its first census of its homeless population. Respected for his impressive and important life size paintings representing the homeless as human beings rather than downtrodden, four images of Lachman’s figurative homeless paintings were chosen to be shown across Canada to encourage public awareness of the plight of the homeless,” added the web site. “These particular paintings, including “On My Own Terms” and “Man with a Broken Thumb”, were later exhibited as part of “The Contemporary Eye” exhibit at the James A. Michener Art Museum in New Hope in early 2005.”
“An important aspect of his biography is why he settled in Bucks County, PA.
As many of the Pennsylvania impressionist landscape painters before him, Lachman was drawn to the natural beauty of Bucks County and its surroundings. In the early 1980’s, while he and his wife, Arlene, were dating, they came upon an old stone mill on one of the most beautiful and historical roads in Bucks County…Cuttalossa Road. They decided that if it ever became for sale, they would buy it. As fate would have it, during a visit from Chicago where they resided at the time, they had occasion to travel back to Bucks County in the summer of 1999. As they drove down that road and came upon the old stone mill, it was up for sale that very day and which they immediately purchased. This property was originally part of the estate of another renowned American impressionist landscape painter, Daniel Garber (1880-1958) of New Hope, PA,” added the biography of Lachman’s life.
Lachman’s paintings continue to garner the attention of art collectors both locally and nationally and are considered a fine art investment, acording to his official biography. His work is represented in many prestigious public and private collections including the Ford Motor Company; Northwest Airlines; the Walt Disney Corporate Collection; Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; and The Hershey Corporation.
For more about Lachman’s philosophy of art, Staten Island art fans need to truly see for themselves what his art work is all about, visit Lachman Gallery in bucolic Lahaska, Pennsylvania. It is worth a road trip this summer!