M. Hanks Gallery Presents
William Pajaud
September 10 -  October 29, 2005

Opening Reception:  Friday, September 9, 7-9pm

3008 Main St., Santa Monica 90405
Contact: Eric Hanks
310/392-8820, Fax 310/392-3968
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William Pajaud, “Ms. ‘tude”, 2004, oil pastel, 16 1/4 x 12 1/4”.

SANTA MONICA, CA  -- Never-before-seen oil pastels and mixed media paintings are among the works dealing with various aspects of African American culture, such as jazz music and the importance of the African American Woman, in New Work by William Pajaud at M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main Street (between Pier and Marine streets), Santa Monica, California, September 10 to October 29, 2005. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. and also by appointment.

Pajaud is known for his sensitive portrayals of African American women, from his stylized large woman who symbolizes the role she plays as the foundation of black culture, to the pious church lady dressed up in her Sunday best, including a beautiful hat, reminiscent of his mother who loved hats.  He is also know for is paintings depicting various jazz musicians. His father was a trumpet player and band leader for the Eureka Brass Band in New Orleans and there are many works showing members of the band, including his father.

Pajaud's work has been in many exhibitions across the country and is in many prestigious private and public collections including Bishop Desmond Tutu, Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr., John and Hazel Biggers, Joe Sample, Sandra and Lloyd Baccus, John and Cheryl Sweeney, Golden State Mutual Insurance Company, Los Angeles, Pushkin Museum, Leningrad, Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles, Las Vegas Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

10% of the purchase price of everything sold during the exhibition will go to relief efforts in New Orleans.

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