Pilar Pobil’s Works on Exhibit Colors of Life: Paintings by Pilar Pobil USU Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 101 3000 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84321 Jan 17-Feb 23, 2020 Twenty of Pilar Pobil’s works are currently on display at the USU Merrill-Cazier Library. On February 20, 2020 at 12:00pm, Pilar Pobil will be present for a Gallery Stroll. The award-winning artist will speak about her artistic vision and conduct a tour through the exhibit with commentary on her inspiration for and thoughts behind several of the works. Refreshments will be served after the guided tour. Introduction of Pilar will be provided by Utah State University Professor JP Spicer-Escalante. Although Pilar knew from an early age that she was an artist, she was born in Spain at a time when women were not encouraged to pursue their ambitions. Pilar’s father was an admiral in the Spanish Navy and was tragically killed in the Civil War when she was a young child. Her mother was very austere and conservative. Pilar became a rebel in order to pursue her dreams. She married an American WWII veteran and came to live in Utah. When Pilar was in her forties, she started to work seriously as a professional artist. Pilar is now 93 years old, but still growing, learning and creating art. She is still on a journey of discovery. Pilar’s style is defined by strong expression. She uses vivid color, form, light and shadow, to boldly define what she wants the viewer to see and feel. No matter the subject, Pilar pushes the essence she perceives as far as she can. She paints from a place of feeling. Pilar’s work often surprises her by evolving into something very different from its original intent. Pilar has received many honors and awards for her art. She was recognized in 2019 as one of Utah’s Most Influential Artists. In 2016, she was knighted by the King of Spain. Sponsored by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communications Studies, Utah State University Libraries, and Utah Division of Arts and Museum.
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