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Acclaimed artist takes viewers away

By: Jim Ratajczak
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If you’re looking for that exotic getaway but are strapped for time or cash, stop by American Visions Art Gallery this weekend for the next best thing. Acclaimed artist Bob Pejman will make an appearance at the gallery Saturday to mix, mingle and sketch at a reception showcasing his paintings. “We’re delighted to have Bob back at the gallery,” said Gabrielle Stark, gallery director. “His vivid colors and extraordinary depth of field invite you into the scene. You don’t just want to be there, you are there.” Pejman’s art has been garnering attention since the ‘80s for his accomplishments in romantic realism, a style that portrays its subjects “as they might and ought to be,” according to writer and philosopher Ayn Rand. In fact, Pejman has moved some collectors to plan entire trips based solely on the creations of his brushstrokes. “I paint locations where most people want to be,” he said. “I have actually had collectors who bought my paintings ask me where a certain location of one of the paintings is so that they can specifically visit that location on their next trip. I have also been told by couples who have bought my paintings that they spent their honeymoon or wedding anniversary in a location of one of my paintings.” But when you’re a famous painter, that kind of praise is just another day on the job. Even “Art World News” gushed over the man’s work. “It is through his unique arrangement and depiction of the subject matters that he achieves a distinctive style,” read a 2004 article from the publication. “It is the effect of beauty and solitude together that creates this romantic mood that Pejman wishes to offer collectors of his work.” In the past, Pejman has mostly painted Italian scenes. But for Saturday’s reception, he will showcase a scene from New York City. Not surprisingly, it’s already wowed the folks at American Visions. “New York has never looked so romantic,” said Giovanna Stark, gallery owner. “Bob’s attention to reflections in the water and to the beauty of flowers gives it great serenity.” Pejman’s art is currently on display at American Visions Art Gallery, but the reception is 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 718 Sutter St. For more information, call 351-1623.