Bob Pejman is one of a lucky few
whose job also happens to be his hobby. An accomplished artist
whose work is inspired by a style he terms "romantic realism," he
is also the owner of Pejman Gallery. Opened in 1988, the gallery
houses original, European oil painting and provides custom framing
services. "My parents used to deal in corporate art, which
leans to the contemporary," he explains. "When we started
our business, we decided to deal in more traditional art."
Pejman travels the world seeking
out new work and specializing in undiscovered artists. "I
do a lot of leg work," he says. "I go to Italy quite
often, and travel within the U.S. looking for European, representational
oil painters." It's not a simple endeavor, he notes. "As
we progress into more forms of digital photography, and artwork,
classical artists are fading from the scene."
Pejman advises buyers who are new
to the art world to buy what they like. "Chances are excellent
that an oil painting will appreciate over the years," he
says. "However, you don't want to purchase art solely for
investment's sake--you should love what you buy."
Painting since he was seven years
old, Pejman is the son of a composer and concert musician and
his passions tend to the classical. "There are no people
in my paintings--the scenes are already romantic, but my idea
is to make them even more so," he says of his street scape
paintings. And he accomplishes that by capturing the light of
the Mediterranean on his colorful canvases.
Whether you are looking to start
your collection with one of Pejman's works, or any of the works
of the 20 or so emerging artists he showcases in his gallery,
you won't be disappointed. In fact, you are bound to be more
than amply rewarded by the beauty of your purchase.