“Reflections” by Rudy Pozzatti

"Reflections" by Rudy Pozzatti

Painter and printmaker Rudy Pozzatti attended the University of Colorado, where he studied under Max Beckmann and Ben Shahn. He received his BFA in 1948 and MFA in 1950 and taught there on a graduate teaching fellowship. Among the grants and scholarships awarded to him was a Fullbright Scholarship he received in 1952, with which he traveled to Italy and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1963 to study there as well. In 1954 he held his first major exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was an artist in residence at Honolulu
Academy of Fine Arts, Hawaii (1971) and Mishkenot, Jerusalem (1982). In 1981 he was elected to the National Academy of Design in New York, and in 1989 he received the Professor Emeritus Award by the Southeastern Graphics Association. In 1956 he began teaching at Indiana University. While there, he helped to develop one of the leading printmaking departments in the U.S., and later became Professor of Fine Arts, Emeritus (1974).

Pozzatti’s work has been included in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Art Institute of Chicago; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pushkin Museum, Moscow; Museum of Art, Sydney, Australia; Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts; and many others. He currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

Reflections, a unique work, mixed media with color relief printing, collage of paper and colored metallic foil combining many hours of close, tedious work – especially in forming the color prisms within the lower half of the image inside the circles. The largest are some accents of bright colors, but I wanted the emphasis to be on the cool blues, lavenders and teal blue greens with the warmth of the yellows, oranges and reds in the central fi ve inch belt. Working on this piece in the studio in late afternoon, the color was at its “golden best.”

I began the “window” series after a long stay in Italy. The very first one I did was dated 1987, 42’ by 30” in size. This work still hangs in our house as I gave the work to my wife. My many trips to Europe provided the opportunity of seeing most of the great windows in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Portugal. These visual experiences have formed the basic source of stimulation for the windows I have created.

The magic of the stained glass window is what happens when sunlight filters through the glass to create an incredible aura within the interior of the church – a near impossible feat to create on paper. I have resorted to the use of refl ective mylars and metallic foil as well as blend rolls of color and transparent watercolor washes.

The number of window images I have done must easily exceed 50, but the creative urge to do others is always there. For that reason I welcome the opportunity to do this commission for St. Mary’s in Evansville. The main concern was to create an image that had immediate appeal in color and shape. There is activity, but it is also serene and symmetrical. The top has a strong suggestion of deep space. Color wise, it will be different in response to the light changes of the day with its optimum time late afternoon.

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