Los Osos painter David Kreitzer says age is an advantage in the art world

Monica_Jane2000@yahoo.comApril 21, 2014 

My favorite concerts include the performer talking a bit about the songs. I like finding an author Q&A at the end of a book. And I try to take advantage of the opportunity when visual artists talk about their work.

I was not ashamed to acknowledge that I needed Diana Puntar to explain her orgone accumulator sculpture last month at the Cuesta College Art Gallery. You can walk into some exhibits and “get it” with no problem. Some you can’t.

David Kreitzer’s oils and watercolors are straightforward, but I still enjoyed hearing his take on his work at a recent art talk at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art where an exhibit of his work, “The Painted Memory,” runs through April 27.

When talking about “all the isms,” he said, his work is realism.

However, his paintings are not realistic, he said while standing in front of a large scale work of the Tetons, because they are not as detailed as the original scene.

The question an artist asks himself is: “What do I leave out?”

“All realism is just a generalized version of what you’re seeing,” he said.

When he was an art student in the 1960s, Kreitzer said his teachers were reluctant to give rules. He wanted rules for structure and to then transcend them.

Kreitzer received his master’s degree from San Jose State University in 1967 and has been painting professionally since. Continuing to practice the craft and gaining life experience meant that once he turned 40, his gallery representatives became even bigger fans.

“This is one of the few jobs you can have where getting older is a plus,” he said.

The purpose of making art is for the “active form of meditation,” he said. The result is the painting. “Art is love,” he said, noting that amateur artists may be less technically proficient than he but the viewer can still see the love.

The Los Osos artist’s landscapes, florals and figurative works are owned by collectors, such as Mary Tyler Moore, and corporations, and are in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Neb., the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Hirshhorn Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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I promised a couple of weeks ago to provide the winners of the seventh annual Beacon Art Show at San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, 1525 Fredericks St. The show, which runs through April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, is the place to see a wide variety of work by area artists.

Purchase Award: Diana Bittleston, “Volunteers”; Best of Show: Page Graeber, “Luz de Vida”; Second Place: April Daily, “I See You”; Third Place: Joseph Amanzio, “Black Madonna”; Merit Awards: Doris Goodill, “Winter Buddah”, Sharon Harris, “Waters of Life” and Glynis Chaffin-Tinglof, “Life on a Faultline: Shift 6.3.”

Jurors were Guy Kinnear, associate professor of drawing and painting at Azusa Pacific University; Tera Galanti, assistant professor of studio art at Cal Poly; and the Rev. Rick Uhls of San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.

IF YOU GO

‘DAVID KREITZER: THE PAINTED MEMORY’ Where: San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday When: Through April 27 Information: 805-543-8562

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