CITY Gallery Presents M. M. Panas “Action Painting”

By Editorial Team on September 27, 2010

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Opening Reception: Saturday October 2  6pm to 9pm
M.M. Panas “Action Painting” (Photo Courtesy of CITY Gallery)
Action painting will be on display at CITY Gallery from Wednesday 29 September to Saturday October 30, 2010.

For Maria Margarita Panas, an abstract painting is not unlike a novel. The work acquires a life of its own which unfolds as she allows the characters (color, line, texture, perspective, mood) to develop a plot, create relationships, change, twist, turn, until the painting reaches its natural conclusion. She insinuates a not-too-apparent meaning in her work, wanting each viewer to grasp or suspect something beneath the surface that lingers in his or her mind. When the work is finished, it should make a statement.

Panas’s genre definitely proceeds from the “action painting” of the abstract expressionists of the 40’s and 50’s. The complexity, clarity and courage of this work has always excited her. “Action Painting has always been my forte. This series is heavily influenced by the Gutai Group of Japanese artists. I was always heading in the direction of unrestrained movement and color but seeing their work set me free” explains Panas.  The visual language, applied spontaneously, usually requires long periods of thought, observation and reworking to create a satisfactory image. Therein lies the pleasure of painting: physical application and mental arrangement of material on a canvas, both body and mind totally involved.

About the Artist:
Maria Margarita Panas was born in Munich, Germany in 1946. She arrived in the U.S.A. in 1949 and subsequently became a citizen. After living in Brooklyn, NY until 1960, she moved to Michigan, where she attended Wayne State University (1963-1967) and met and married John Panas, a fellow student. They have two sons.

Margaret has been a practicing artist since 2002 and is a member of both The Art League of Alexandria, VA and The Capitol Hill Art League of Washington D.C.  She is also a member of the Columbia Pike Artist Studio.
Additional information may be found at: For further information or images, please contact the gallery at 202.468.5277 or City Gallery is located at 804 H ST NE second floor, Washington, DC 20002. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturday 1-5pm.