Artwork by Curt Pradelt


Artist in Focus

Growing up in rural Western Oregon, I spent a lot of time hiking in the surrounding hills, stumbling upon abandoned cabins and other evidence of early farmers and settlers. I observed first-hand the change that people bring to a landscape and the artifacts they leave behind. Living surrounded by nature and close to Native Americans who shared their stories and customs with me, helped forged my connection to the past as well as the present.

After my family moved to the Chicago area, I completed U.S. Army Officer Candidate School and served in Viet Nam in the 1960’s. While overseas, I bought my first camera equipment and received my first photography and darkroom training from an army staff photographer with whom I worked.

I soon realized that more than a tool to document objects or events, photography offered me a way to visually edit an experience and share a personal viewpoint or emotional connection. From that moment on, I was addicted.

Influenced by the work of Japanese printmakers as well as Surrealist painters for the way they use symbolism and disrupt perception, my work reflects a penchant for intimate, timeless simplicity with a nod toward mystery. I usually start with a raw digital color image and convert it to black and white which provides me more freedom to play with texture, tonal contrast, atmosphere, and light.

I continue to enjoy participating in darkroom, digital and alternative printing courses and workshops. My wife Meg and I divide our time between Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon.

Curt in Focus

Credentials

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL

Master of Science in Psychology - De Paul University, Chicago, IL

 

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

“On the Desert: The discovery and Invention of Color, Juried Exhibition- Tohono Chul Gallery, 2020
“Ten X Ten Fundraiser Exhibition-Tohono Chul Gallery, 2019
“Arizona: The Copper State, Juried Exhibition- Tohono Chul Gallery, 2018
“Life and Landscapes of the Southwest, Juried Exhibition- Ranch House Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2015 thru 2018
“Views of the Oregon Coast, Juried Exhibition, St Francis in the Foothills UMC, 2015
“Corridors and Passages”, Juried Exhibition, St Frances in the Foothills UMC, 2016

 

PUBLICATIONS

Regan, Margaret. “A Terrible Beauty.” Tucson Weekly, 2019

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