FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016
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BERKELEY COLLEGE EXHIBITS THE ARTWORK OF PAUL FREIDIN
ARTIST INFLUENCED BY 'THE GREATS'
Berkeley College is presenting the artwork of the late Paul Freidin at its Midtown Manhattan Gallery, 3 East 43rd Street, New York City. The exhibit is on display from May 3 through 31—Mondays through Fridays—from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Mr. Freidin began drawing at the age of three, starting with fire engines and battle scenes from the war. Continuing his interest in art, he studied at Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA, and worked whenever he could with abstract expressionists. He finished his education at California State University, Los Angeles, CA, where he received both a BA and an MA in Anthropology.
Before becoming a full-time artist, Mr. Freidin said that he tried everything. He worked as a researcher for documentary films, a jazz saxophone player, a truck driver, a silkscreen printer, an industrial photographer and a technical writer. Then he began to paint in earnest. The artist had exhibitions in Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Las Vegas, NV, Denver, CO, and in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Freidin always said “the great” painters that influenced him were Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Willem De Kooning.
He spent his last few years living in Pahrump, NV, where he specialized in acrylic, mixed media and digital art.
Robert Keiber, Curator, Berkeley College Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn Galleries, said that Mr. Freidin had exhibited his work before at Berkeley College as part of the World Fine Art Group. “I knew him as a passionate and interesting abstract artist,” said Mr. Keiber. “I am pleased we are able to exhibit his art one more time at Berkeley College.”
For more information about the exhibit, e-mail Mr. Keiber at rjk@BerkeleyCollege.edu or call 212-252-2065.
Photo Caption: An acrylic on canvas, one of the paintings from an exhibit by the late Paul Freidin on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Manhattan Gallery, 3 East 43rd Street, New York City, from May 3 through 31.
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