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Sculptor’s independent spirit
ignites creativity in long career

Essie Pinsker's
works embodying
beauty are the focus
of retrospective
in Palm Desert.

Jean McKig

Acclaimed sculptor Essie Pinsker’s constant life companion has been success driven by the indomitable will to survive. She possessed independence when it was not in the vocabulary of most women of her era.

“Being liberated in the ‘50s was not fun,” says Pinsker who is featured throughout the month in an exclusive retrospective at the Ross Watkins Gallery in Palm Desert. Most disturbing were attacks by women.

“My going back to work, leaving my children with the house-keeper and taking of separate vacations provoked scorn and disdain from my contemporaries.” Pinsker says. These words are a road map to understanding her life and her accomplishments.

Her first successes were in business. Her gift of energy and intelligence opened doors for her from modeling to merchandising and then to a writing and editing job at Women’s Wear Daily. This was the launching pad for additional careers in public relations, advertising, teaching and sculpting.

Her art career started as a hobby. She lived in New York City and

Bronze, 25" x 16" x 11"

availed herself of classes at the Art Students League. the Museum of Modern Art and the New School for Social Research, host to a hotbed of greats imparting their knowledge to budding talents.

Stimulated, she enrolled in sculpture classes at New York University with Vincent Glinsky and Herb Kallem, plus study with Mort Haber. She worked in bronze and then began to venture into more challenging areas of sculpture.

Inspired by David Smith and his constructions, Pinsker found the oxyacetylene torch inviting enough to ignite her creativity, resulting in commissions for her pieces from corporate and public sectors. Pinsker’s path then led her to stone, and she became entranced by the sensuality and heroic possibilities of marble.

She went to Pietrasanta, Italy, and following her studies there, she

returned to her studio in New York and began her love affair with stone. She has an inventive sense of form, composition and approach to subject matter.

Pinsker is more interested in the volumes and curves suggested by the human form than just in abstract planes and angles. Biblical and mythological themes have allowed her to create lyrical pieces that embody all that is beautiful and pleasing to the eye.

Pinsker lives in California but retains her New York connections. She is recognized on both coasts as well as internationally. The Las Vegas Art Museum recently featured her sculptures in a lifetime retrospective that met with rave reviews.

She has been featured in the renowned Vorpal Gallery in the Soho District of New York, and Madison Avenue's Bodley Gallery and other galleries throughout the United States. Abroad, Pinsker has exhibited at the Arco International Art Fair in Madrid, Spain, as well as galleries in England, Germany and Sweden.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Orange County Museum of Art, UCLA Medical Center, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., War Memorial in Yehud, Israel, and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland.

Ross Watkins Gallery is hosting a reception for Pinsker on Friday at The Art Place in Palm Desert, and Essie Pinsker will be present from 6 to 9 pm. The gallery is at 41-801 Corporate Way, No. 8, Palm Desert. Information: 773-5144.

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