Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 2007

"Influential painter Skondovitch highlights new work at gallery"

Alfred Skondovitch, who is about to turn 80, is the senior master painter of Interior Alaska. About 30 of his new works are to be featured this month at the Well Street Art Company, which is hosting a "Second Friday" reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 12.

Skondovitch, a resident of Fairbanks for nearly a half-century, came here originally with a fire-fighting crew that he had hooked up with in California, while recovering from a shooting.

This was after assorted adventures that included leaving England for America as a young man, his immersion in the art world and the display of his works in prominent galleries in New York and Paris.

A 1955 New York Times review said Skondovitch "paints small, moving landscapes," while another Times reviewer in 1956 applauded his "moody, often stirring impressions of nocturnal landscapes."

That same year his paintings were included in the "Ten American Painters" showing, an event that helped give credence to the abstract expressionist movement in the United States.

"He studied at the revered Hans Hofmann School in NYC in the 1950s and showed with many of the American master painters of that generation," said David Mollett, owner of the Well Street gallery.

"He has had a long successful career here in Alaska, creating many highly original, colorful, expressive abstract figures and landscape works. His influence on younger Alaskan artists is extensive," said Mollett.

Skondovitch said this may be his last show in Fairbanks, though he will continue to display his paintings in his own studio. He said he is in discussions with three New York galleries that are interested in showing his work.