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Curt Labitzke

Large Golden Amphora, 72x52, paint on canvas


Curt Labitzke

Large Golden Amphora, 72x52, paint on canvas


About Curt Labitzke Born in New York in 1958, Labitzke first apprenticed with his father who was a graphic designer and painter and was inspired by his mother who was a quilt maker and stained glass artist. He received his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Notre Dame in 1984 with an emphasis in painting, drawing and printmaking. Labitzke’s work is inspired by the balance, harmony and tranquility of the Italian renaissance. In addition, his work is influenced by the functional and symbolic use of vase and vessel forms found throughout all cultures and time periods. These images are directly connected to the tradition of using flower and potted plant arrangements symbolically, and for decorative purposes in all aspects of our lives. The work is informed by numerous sources including dilapidated ancient wall frescoes found in sites like Pompeii, Pietra Dura marble inlay from Florence, stained glass windows, renaissance prints, tapestries and patterned antique ironwork found in utilitarian objects such as gates and fences. His color palette is reminiscent of the Rococo period, often soft and atmospheric. The paintings are created using various templates to establish a dense linear framework. Paint is then layered over the lines completely covering the image in a dense film of colors. Lastly, once dry, the image is finally revealed using a paint scraper and various sanders in an archaeological fashion. The Vase and Amphora series employ bilateral symmetry to suggest the presence of a human form supported by and embedded in a rich palette of colors and textures. They convey a timeless quality, suggesting early palimpsests built up over time similar to graffiti or ancient cave walls like those at Lascaux and Altamira. The paintings are intended to convey a sense of calm and peacefulness.

Above: Large Blue Vase. 2017 78x52, paint on canvas Cover image: Large Blue Vase. 2017 Detail Back Cover: Italian Vase VI. 2017 36x24, paint on canvas This brochure made possible by the generous support of the Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence and The School of Art, Art History and Design at The University of Washington.

Labitzke’s Studio, templates.


Vase From Pompeii. 2017 44x32, paint on canvas

Stacked Tuscan Vase. 2017 60x32, paint on canvas


Large Greek Amphora Series I. 2017 98x48, paint on canvas

Large Greek Amphora Series II. 2017 98x48, paint on canvas


Festive Vase. 2017 44x32, paint on canvas

Round Vase. 2017 44x32, paint on canvas


Large Venetian Vase. 2017 44x56, paint on canvas


Baroque Vase II. 2016 54x32, ink and paint on collaged papers

Blue Vase. 2016 54x32, ink and paint on collaged papers


Stacked Tuscan Vases I. 2017 60x32, paint on canvas

Stacked Tuscan Vases II. 2017 60x32, paint on canvas


Small Roman Vase I. 2017 24x24, paint on canvas

Small Roman Vase III. 2017 24x24, paint on canvas

Small Roman Vase II. 2017 24x24, paint on canvas

Small Roman Vase IV. 2017 24x24, paint on canvas


Curt Labitzke Professor 1984 – present
 Chair of Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, Chair of Printmaking Hermine Pruzan Endowed Faculty Fellow 2013-15 School of Art, Art History and Design University of Washington cwl@u.washington.edu CurtLabitzke.com Labitzke Studio

Education
 1984 MFA, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 1982 BFA, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Recent Exhibitions 2017 Palimpsest. Labitzke New Work at Zinc Contemporary. Seattle, WA
 2017 Amphora. La Bottega dell’ Acquaforte. Laguna Beach, CA

2017 TASTE Featured Artist. SAM Gallery, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA
 2017 Ancient Vases. Zinc Art + Object. Edmonds, WA

2016 Labitzke New Prints. La Bottega dell’ Acquaforte. Laguna Beach, CA
 2016 Unclad: The Fine Art of The Figure. Edmonds, WA

2016 Contemporary Printmakers. SAM Gallery, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA 2016 Makers of a new World: Printmaking Modern Masters. Fredrick Holmes Gallery. Seattle, WA

2015 See Me. SAM Gallery, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA Labitzke Studio

2015 Images from Spain: New Prints by Curt Labitzke.
The University of Washington Leon Center,
Palacio de Conde Luna. Leon, Spain

2014 Tacoma Art Museum Regional Printmakers Exhibition. Tacoma Art Museum. Tacoma, WA 2013 Artist’s Choice, 40th Anniversary Exhibition. SAM Gallery, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA

2013 Inaugural Exhibition. Seattle Art Museum, Gallery New Space. Seattle, WA 2012 Journeys. SAM Gallery, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA 2011 Group Faculty Exhibition. Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington. Seattle, WA 2011 Seattle Portraits. The Gage Academy. Seattle, WA 2011 Traces. PrintZero Gallery/Studio. Seattle, WA


2011 Expressions: New Prints and Paintings. The Island Gallery. Bainbridge, WA

Labitzke Studio

2010 In the Pursuit of Passion: New Works by Curt Labitzke.
 Edmonds Community College
Conference Center. Edmonds, WA 2010 Rome as Studio. Temple University. Rome, Italy 


Curt Labitzke - Palimpsest  
Curt Labitzke - Palimpsest  
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