Dominic Pangborn was born in Korea to a single mother and a family of predominantly women. When he was 4 years old, Dominic saw his very first Korean bride, the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. With his tiny impressions, this experience was incredibly powerful and it affected his art and inspirations for the rest of his life. With so many feminine influences, women have become a major theme in his work.
Pangborn is best defined as an “Evolutionist.” He believes that art should reflect a current mood, expression, and point in time. Pangborn’s works grow and change in style, medium, and subject-matter based on that particular period of his life. The constant element intrinsic to his work is his heritage – a fine balance of eastern and western culture, philosophy, and outlook. He never knows what he’ll create until it’s done.
Dominic tries to maintain his cutting-edge techniques by being spontaneous and soaking in his surroundings, wherever he is. Since he is constantly traveling, there are many environmental influences that perpetually spark new ideas and themes in his work. Once, on a trip to Palm Springs, he was creatively struck by a series of Native American paintings at a museum. From that point, he decided to do a Native American-themed series. Traveling all across the world, from Dubai to Paris, ignites much of Dominic’s work.
He’s also been struck by the color red. Like the life blood running through all his paintings, the color red has found its way into the majority of his works. One day, a collector joked that “red must be his favorite color.” When he asked her why she thought this, she just reminded him that the color red was ongoing in all his paintings; something he had never consciously chosen to do. From that moment, Dominic decided to consciously focus on the color red, making it one of his most predominant themes.
Taking this theme to another level, Dominic’s notorious red shoes have become the star of his new educational children’s book, “Follow Me.” His shoes travel across the globe, set against famous international landmarks. Following soon is the sequel, featuring the shoes at famous museums and galleries all over the world.
Pangborn received his formal education at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an elite institution that also trained Walt Disney and other luminaries. He started his art career in Chicago before moving to Detroit. Always striving to develop his talents, Pangborn continued his studies at the Illustrators Workshop in Terrytown, New York at Syracuse University and attended the executive program at Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Pangborn was also a professor at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and has received an Honorary Doctorate from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.
The artist’s multi-dimensional career spans graphic design and fashion design, and he has a never-ending passion for fine art. Pangborn’s critically acclaimed fine art has been published in Playboy and exhibited at museums across the country, including the esteemed Detroit Institute of Arts – plus it hangs on the walls of collectors across the United States and abroad. His delicate balance between fine and commercial arts has led him to an insightful understanding of what his clients want, even when it comes to marketing his own self expressions.
Pangborn has established his own fashion label, the Pangborn Design Collection. Upon its inception, Pangborn became an overnight success and the label was carried through upscale retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and many exclusive boutiques. Today, Pangborn’s art is incorporated into fashion, home décor, and other media including giclée, lithographs, and serigraphs. His creations have become an American lifestyle. Pangborn has opened his own retail stores bearing his name throughout metropolitan Detroit and St. Thomas US Virgin Islands.
A fervent believer in giving back to one’s community, Pangborn serves on a variety of boards for charities and nonprofit organizations. He travels extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and as a Korean adoptee brought to America, he reflects on the opportunities presented to him, in turn, giving passionately of his time, talent, and heart.
To learn more about the Dominic Pangborn Collection at Park West Gallery, please visit www.parkwestgallery-pangborn.com.