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"I have created a special surface and process that I work on which allows me to create an extraordinary amount of translucency in my work."
Painter Al Lachman grew up in the Bronx, New York. He attended the Art Students League, the School of the Visual Arts, and Syracuse University. In addition to New York, Lachman has lived in the Poconos and Chicago.
Al Lachman is known in Bucks County for his colorful, evocative images of houses and other buildings. In the late 1980s, he was moved by the homeless people he met on the streets of New York and made a series of paintings and works on paper depicting some of these desperate lives. These powerful, deeply felt images show the humanity and pathos of the men and women who struggle to survive amidst the wealth and glamour of the city.
Al Lachman celebrated 50 years of painting in 2005. His paintings were included the 2005 Michener Art Museum exhibition titled The Contemporary Eye.
Photograph of Al Lachman. Courtesy of the artist.
Education and Training
Art Students League, New York, New York
School of Visual Arts, New York, New York
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Teachers and Influences
Emil Nolde and Mark Rothko
Connection to Bucks County
During his residence in the Poconos, Lachman had the opportunity to become acquainted with Bucks County. He and his wife were particularly enchanted by a stone mill on Cuttalossa Road near Lumberville, Bucks County. During a subsequent visit some twenty years later, the Lachmans discovered the mill was for sale. They purchased the mill and moved to Bucks County in 2000 and opened an art gallery in New Hope.
Major Solo Exhibitions
Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Hermitage Foundation Museum, Norfolk, VA
Middlesex County Museum, NJ
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL
Arnot Museum, Elmira, NY
Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
The Central Library of Denver, CO
Tampa Museum of Art, FL
The Walt Disney Corporate Collection
The University of Georgia Law School
Baptist Hospital, FL
The Hershey Corporation
The Central Library of Denver, CO
Major Group Exhibitions
20th Annual National Exhibition by the Pastel Society of America at the National Arts Club, New York, New York
Artigras, West Palm Beach, Florida
The Salmagundi Club, New York, New York
The Pastel Society of Kansas, Kansas
Las Olas Museum of Art, Florida
Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo, Ohio
Port Clinton Art Festival, Illinois
Naples Invitational, Naples, Florida, 1999
St. Louis Art Exhibition, St. Louis, Missouri
Baptist Hospital, Florida
Cherry Creek Art Exhibition, Colorado
The Ford Motor Company
Newport Art Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
Boston Mills Art Festival, Ohio
South Miami Art Festival, Miami, Florida
East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing, Michigan
Vero Beach Art Festival, Vero Beach, Florida
Art in the Heart of Miami Beach, Florida, and Winter Park Art Festival, Florida
Uptown Art Festival, Minnesota
2001 Naples National, Naples, Florida
Naples Invitational, Naples, Florida
Bonita Springs National, Florida
The Contemporary Eye, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2005
Teaching and Professional Appointments
Mr. Lachman has conducted painting workshops internationally. He is one of the founders and first instructors of the Pastel Society of America at the National Arts Club in New York.
The Joseph Giffuni Memorial Award, the 20th Annual National Exhibition by the Pastel Society of America, New York, New York
First Prize for Soft Pastels, The Salmagundi Club, New York, New York
Best of Show, Naples Invitational, Naples, Florida, 2000
Affiliations and Memberships
The Pastel Club Of America
The Salmagundi Club
The Pastel Society of Canada
The Pastel Society of Kansas
The National Drawing Association