The paintings will be unveiled at the grand opening of the new Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at Oregon State University, held Thursday, Sept. 8, at 3:30 p.m. on the Corvallis campus.
The series explores human life cycles and interrelationships, especially those of families. Like much of Mills de Pinyas’ work, the multi-layered paintings make use of luminous color, patterns in rhythm, and an ethereal, almost mystical, flow of veiled forms. Panels are featured in the lobby and the grand staircase on the second and third floors, and provide a striking contrast to the muted tones and formal structure of the building’s architecture.
The new building was made possible thanks to a gift from the late Hallie Ford. In 1935 Hallie married Kenneth Ford, and played an active role in establishing what is now the Roseburg Forest Products Company. Mills de Pinyas drew on Ford’s family legacy, incorporating forest scenes into his paintings.
The murals were commissioned through the Percent for Art Program administered by the Oregon Arts Commission.
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