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The Gallery Space will be exhibiting the work of Pittsburgh artist Larry Brandstetter throughout the month of November, 2019, and on November 18, the artist will present a talk in the Gallery about his work. Brandstetter is a native of Pittsburgh and a 1972 graduate of Ivy School of Professional Art, which was located in Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh. He was an active and prolific artist from 1971 to 1982, specializing in whimsical storybook style drawings and illustrations using pen and ink, colored pencil and graphite. He also created fun, colorful mixed media assemblage sculptures built with found objects and his waggish style.
Brandstetter’s first “One Man Show” was held at the Monroeville Public Library in 1971, and he was accepted into the juried competition section of the Three Rivers Arts Festival every year for the next eleven years. His many shows and sales ended when he started a small business in 1982 and placed all his creative art ability on hold, but just like Rip Van Winkle, he awoke (retired) 33 years later. Today, working with archival ink pens and/or colored pencils, Brandstetter’s fun illustrations are characterized by whimsical characters, lines, patterns and simple things. All of this creates a composition of a magical world. The drawings take your eyes on a fun, complex journey of hidden treasures and some pretty cool creatures.
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