William Pajaud (1925-2015)

William Pajaud, Eureka Musician Silenced by Katrina’s Waters, 2006, watercolor, 10 x 7.5 inches, signed and dated lower left

William Pajaud says, “both my ethnic and cultural backgrounds serve as root sources for my work.” His aim, he says further, is to honestly portray human efforts to cope with the cycles of life and death.

Paul Von Blum also points out that Pajaud’s childhood in the deep south informs his work. Part of that upbringing included being the son of a musician. Pajaud’s father was a trumpet player and band leader in several New Orleans jazz bands, including the famous Eureka Brass Band. The cultural significance, for example, of the traditional jazz funeral is a frequent theme in his work.

Pajaud’s work was featured in major exhibitions at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, California; Hampton University Museum, Hampton Virginia; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, California; Crocker Gallery, Sacramento, California; and Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia.”

Also, Pajaud’s work is in the collections of Bishop Desmond Tutu; John and Cheryl Sweeney; Ruth and Paul Von Blum; Pushkin Museum, Moskva, Russia; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California; Las Vegas Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Nevada; Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia; Amistad Research Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.