Image courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art | Alfredo Arreguín’s “Salish Sea,” 2017, oil on canvas.

Image courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art | Alfredo Arreguín’s “Salish Sea,” 2017, oil on canvas.

Alfredo Arreguin talks shop at BIMA

Join artist Alfredo Arreguin for a lecture exploring his process of creation and inspiration at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, where his retrospective show is now on display through February 2019.

The lecture is 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. There will be a reception afterward with light food and drink.

Tickets are $5 each, free for students with preregistration.

BIMA’s exhibition features more than 30 paintings, with an emphasis on Arreguin’s more recent productions as well as older paintings retained in the artist’s private collection.

Arreguín’s work is largely influenced by his childhood experiences in Mexico. He recalls he used to play in the woods surrounding the city.

“I pretended to be Tarzan, swimming in rivers, climbing hills, and swinging in the branches of trees,” he said. “That is how, as a child, I developed a deep love for nature.”

During his adolescence, he spent time in the jungles of Guerrero, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and his respect for nature grew.

He immigrated to the United States in 1955. Just prior to starting college classes in Seattle, he was drafted into the Army. He spent 13 months in Korea and was able to visit Japan twice. The visual richness of these and other Asian cultures would influence his artwork years later — such as large waves and the patterns in Chinese-style floral designs.

The environment of the Pacific Northwest has also had a strong influence on his work.

Arreguín’s good friend, the writer Raymond Carver, shared his interest in fishing and deep respect for salmon with him. Following Carver’s death, Arreguín created his first salmon painting. This led to a new series — since then has completed numerous paintings featuring salmon and other life in the Salish Sea.

Arreguín has received many prestigious awards in both the United States and Mexico. He has been featured in major international exhibitions, including in Mexico and Spain, and in many exhibitions in the United States, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the National Academy of Sciences, both in Washington, D.C. His work is also in dozens of museum, corporate and private art collections internationally. He is represented by Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle.

For more information, visit www.biartmuseum.org/calendar/eye-on-artist-lectures, or go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3739618 to reserve a ticket.

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