I had a surprise follow up from a reader of the Artsology blog in regards to my post last month about “The search for Arrigo Ghedini.” Click that link to read the original post, but the basic info is that I found a Dali-like painting in an antiques store in Asbury Park, which led me to an online search for the artist who made it, Arrigo Ghedini, who lived from 1905-1997.
I received an email from Norman Soskel, who wrote:
I met the artist at a boardwalk art show in Virginia Beach, and I purchased several of his paintings. His wife, who was there, also was a painter but I did not purchase her works, they were portraits. I still have them. They are among my most treasured works. I also took photographs of him on the boardwalk with one of the pieces I purchased.
This is great, as Mr. Soskel’s photographs of Ghedini allows us to put a face to this artist’s name … in all of the online searching I did for “Arrigo Ghedini,” I didn’t find any images of the artist, so I appreciate the sharing of these original photographs. A note on Norman Soskel: he studied and practice medicine for years while also engaging in creative pursuits, such as photography, playing the piano, encaustic paintings, printmaking, and more. You can get more biographical information on Mr. Soskel here, and see portfolio pages of his art on his website here.
Mr. Soskel also explained:
I took the photographs in 1968, on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the annual Boardwalk Art Show, usually held around the 2nd week or so in June. I remember his wife was there and as I mentioned she did portraits, I think in charcoal or pastels and if I remember correctly she was rather tall with long dark hair. I purchased three of his paintings, “Don Quijote,” “Esodo” (Exodus), and “Carnevale,” which he explained to me showed images of the women Don Quijote (Don Quixote) was dreaming about. He was very eager to tell me about his works and was patient with me as I photographed him with “Don Quijote” while he was holding it. He also was proud of the process that he had developed himself consisting of heating material like plastic that he had to work with quickly and get the images he wanted before it hardened.
Here’s another image taken on that day: