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Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens.' “Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman” is a mural painted by fine artist Daniel Pickens. Daniel was born in Lima, Peru in 1974 and is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden
Painting by Peruvian Artist Josue Sanchez. To the right of the mural by Daniel Pickens are paintings by Josue Sanchez that are part of the collection of Pickens Museum. Photo Credit: Hugh Pickens Pickens Museum

“Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman” by Daniel Pickens

“Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman” is a mural painted by fine artist Daniel Pickens. Daniel was born in Lima, Peru in 1974 and is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. Having a Peruvian mother and American father Pickens spent his life living between Peru and the United States finally settling in Europe to dedicate himself to his painting. Pickens studied Art at the Baltimore School for the Arts and The Maryland Institute College of Art and Archaeology at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. Pickens has had one man shows of his art in Lima and in Stockholm.

Daniel Pickens has his own unique technique for painting. He works in two different styles simultaneously. He uses simple organic lines and flat colors to define faces and anthropomorphic figures reminiscent to images found in archaeological remains from Peruvian pre-Hispanic cultures while at the same time utilizing thin interwoven color lines that define faces and surreal environments. This style is influenced by the detailed handiworks of the Mantaro Valley in the Andes and the profusion of color found in the jungle of central Peru. Most notable among Daniel's other work is his series “The Crosses,” painted to honor the memory of his mother.

The Pioneer Woman mural was commissioned in 2015. According to Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum in Ponca City, Daniel wanted to paint a mural that evoked Ponca City and “what could be more evocative of Ponca City than the Pioneer Woman.”

“The primary challenge with the mural was finding a fresh approach to the subject matter,” says Hugh Pickens. “The Pioneer Woman has been done to death. It is too familiar to us in Ponca City and statewide. There have been many paintings of the Pioneer Woman over the years and its iconic power had begun to fade.” For that reason Daniel decided that the mural would consist of close-ups of the face of the Pioneer Woman from three different angles to create a new symbol of the Pioneer Woman symbol for our era. “This is a Pioneer Woman for the 21st Century.”

Daniel was in Sweden when he received the commission, so Hugh took thousands of photographs of the Pioneer Woman Statue from every angle and emailed them to Daniel for him to work from. Six months later Daniel delivered three studies of the Pioneer Woman. “Once we approved the studies for the mural Daniel came to Ponca City and painted it in the large studio at my house,” says Hugh Pickens. “I designed the mural structure to be movable so we didn't paint it on a wall. We purchased 12 standard size doors and we put these together on French Cleats into a wall of doors that is 26 feet long by 12 feet high.”

Daniel came to the United States with his one-year old son in January 2016 and painted the mural in 2-1/2 months working from the studies. “The results speak for themselves” says Hugh Pickens. “The mural of the Pioneer Woman is striking. This is Daniel Pickens' masterpiece.”

Daniel Pickens: la explosión del color

miércoles, 14 de diciembre de 2011

Daniel Pickens Manrique es un notable artista plástico huancaíno. Nació el 6 de abril de 1974 y, desde entonces, se ha curtido día a día entre el amor a la pintura y su pasión por el color. Hoy, radica entre Europa y América, y hace poco regreso a nuestra ciudad trayendo gratas noticias: expuso su obra en una de las más prestigiosas universidades del mundo, en la Universidad de Cambridge. Acompáñenos a conocerlo un poco más con esta breve entrevista.

Daniel, tienes una notable habilidad para pintar, ¿cuándo te das cuenta de esto?

Desde siempre he tenido esta habilidad. Mi familia era muy amiga de Josué Sánchez, así que yo he observado sus cuadros toda la vida, y en un principio mis dibujos eran muy parecidos a lo que él hacía, en realidad, era una imitación de lo suyo. Luego, ya cuando hice estudios de arte fue que puede encontrar mi propia línea, que yo creo que aún tiene rasgos o influencias de Josué. Sin embargo, actualmente, estoy desarrollando un quiebre completo y es un tipo de arte que considero más auténtico, mío; o en todo caso, donde las influencias son menos notorias.

Has realizado estudios de arte. ¿Terminaste o como muchos artistas lo has dejado para encontrar tu propio camino?

He estudiado en varios sitios, pero no he terminado en ninguno. En el Colegio de Arte de Baltimore, estuve un par de años ahí; después en el Instituto de Arte de Maryland; además, ingresé a la escuela de Bellas Artes de Lima, pero lo dejé porque me cambié a Arqueología, que tampoco terminé, porque me dediqué a los negocios.

Aparte de Josué Sánchez, ¿quién es otro artista que te ha influenciado?

Hay un artista plástico que me fascina, se llama Joe Coleman. Búsquenlo en internet y verán unos cuadros fascinantes. Es un pintor poco conocido. Es de esos artistas que trabajan al margen de las galerías, que lo hacen al límite, en manicomios o cosas así.

¿Cómo defines tus etapas de artista?

Al principio creo que era algo antropomorfo, en todo caso trataba de poner un poco de realismo, una figura conocida. Hoy, lo más importante es el color, siento que estoy haciendo las cosas más y más complejas. Cada vez mis líneas son más delgadas, mis cuadros son más grandes, mis imágenes son mucho más complejas. Pareciera que mis colores, en un principio, eran áreas planas enormes de un color al lado de otro color, muy parecidas a lo de Josué Sánchez. Ahora son pequeñas líneas de un matiz cada una, intercaladas, como una explosión de color. Es una disgregación, una explosión, me estoy concentrando en pequeños detalles.

¿Cuál es tu técnica y qué colores prefieres?

Es acrílico sobre lienzo. Todos los colores, no tengo ninguna paleta en particular. Una de mis aficiones es coleccionar tubos de pintura de distintas fábricas, empresas, porque cada una tienen distintas formas de color, de consistencia.

¿Piensas mucho antes de pintar?

Todo nace ahí. Muy aparte de la planificación, es si quiero poner un rostro en el lienzo. Ahí escojo los colores, y las líneas tienen que salir en el momento. Es el proceso del descubrimiento al pintar.

¿Cómo autodefines tu estilo?

Visceral fauvista. Quiere decir que no planifico en lo posible y que tengo una adoración por los colores intensos, por los contrastes; esas cosas que hacen que vibre la vista. No tengo ningún interés en el arte conceptual, en dar a entender ideas; en lo mio lo único es el amor al color, la estética; es una forma particular, cada artista tiene que trabajar.

¿Qué te ha llevado a Inglaterra?

Mi esposa está haciendo un doctorado en Cambridge; además, estando ahí he logrado hacer contacto con algunas galerías y pude presentar una muestra. Lo anecdótico es que la hice al lado del salón donde están los escritor originales de Isaac Newton. En un principio, iba a ser ahí, pero a última hora pasó a la sala contigua. Tuve una acogida muy buena, me han pedido y comprado varios cuadros. Ahora estoy trabajando emocionado, aquí en Huancayo, para tener material, para ver si puedo volver a presentarme.

¿Qué otros proyectos tienes?

Mi proyecto más importante, por ahora, es la paternidad.

Acabas de ser papá, ¿cómo se llama tu hija?

Se llama Lili Jane, nació el 10 de enero de 2011, en Cambridge.

¿Ella es parte de tu inspiración, es una razón más que te da fuerza para seguir pintando?

Ambas cosas. Ha nacido y cada poco tiempo que tengo libre pinto. He hecho cosas buenas que no sé de donde han salido, pero creo que mucho tiene que ver con la paternidad y con un montón de emociones nuevas.

Pareciera que mis colores, en un principio, eran áreas planas enormes de un color al lado de otro color (…). Ahora son pequeñas líneas de un matiz cada una (…). Es una disgregación, una explosión.

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Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp by Sculptor John Free. Seeking to attain his tribe's highest war honor by touching his enemy. This action among indigenous peoples is called "Counting Coup".
Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp by Sculptor John Free. “Osage Warrior in the Enemy Camp” is a bronze created by Osage Artist John Free. The bronze, eight feet high and twelve feet long) was enlarged to 1-1/4 life size through the efforts of John Free of the Bronze Horse foundry in Pawhuska and Hugh Pickens. Pictured (L-R): Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum and Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear of the Osage Nation.
Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens. “Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman” is a mural painted by fine artist Daniel Pickens. Daniel was born in Lima, Peru in 1974 and is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden. This mural is at our Ponca City location.
Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman by Artist Daniel Pickens. Our mural "The Three Faces of the Pioneer Woman" is located in City Central at our Ponca City location.
Doctor Pickens Museum of Turquoise Jewelry and Art. Pickens Museum displays art works at NOC Tonkawa campus. Pictured (L-R): Dr. Cheryl Evans, NOC President, Hugh Pickens, Executive Director of Pickens Museum, and Sheri Snyder, NOC Vice President for Development and Community Relations. (photo by John Pickard/Northern Oklahoma College) This art is at our Tonkawa location
Native American Artist Yatika Starr Fields Completes Mural for Pickens Museum.
The World's Largest Naja. Future location of Pickens Museum on Route 60 and "U" Street West of Ponca City
Architectural Renderings of Pickens Museum.
Display of Turquoise Jewelry.
"Red Man" by Native American Artist Fritz Scholder. Pickens Museum Director Hugh Pickens on right.
Native American Jewelry Artist Tonya Rafael with a silver frame she created to honor my wife Sr. S.J. Pickens. My wife and Tonya worked together over the years creating new jewelry art pieces. My wife had an eye for color and would often design a spectacular piece and ask Tonya to execute it for her. A skilled silversmith, Tonya would sometimes stay in our guest house, set up a workshop, and work for days at a time on a Squash Blossom, Bolo, or Bracelet my wife commissioned. The piece is a silver picture frame that Tonya cut out of thick silver plate. Around the edge of the picture frame are 95 small turquoise stones. In the top is a large spiny oyster stone in the shape of a heart. The frame contains a photo that Tonya took of my wife a few years ago. Dr. Pickens is wearing one of her favorite outfits and if you look closely you can see a special squash blossom and necklace that Tonya created for my wife. In the bottom of the frame is an inscription.
Native American Artist Jolene Bird. Jolene Bird is an accomplished artist who learned her craft from her grandfather over 20 years ago. Jolene makes her jewelry in the tradition of the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. This is a Fender Stratocaster guitar onto which Jolene has attached pieces of Kingman and Sonoran Turquoise highlighted with Jet. The stars are in Abalone, Mother of Pearl, Pipestone, Yellow Serpentine, and Spiny Oyster. The artistry in this piece is simply breathtaking and has to be seen to be believed. Consider that this is a three dimensional mosaic, a three dimensional jigsaw puzzle if you will. Jolene told me that each individual piece of turquoise had to be cut, shaped, and ground down to fit perfectly with the other pieces. Each individual piece probably took six to eight hours to produce and there are literally hundreds of pieces covering the guitar.
Painting by Peruvian Artist Josue Sanchez. Photo Credit: Hugh Pickens Pickens Museum

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