Passionate Gestures of Rita Blitt

Date: 09.01.2009 - 01.07.2010

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Founders Hall Art Gallery

Passionate Gestures of Rita Blitt, Founders Hall Art Gallery, 9 am - 5 pm, M-F.  Admission: Free

Rita Blitt with Celebrating Dorianna
About the Artist

Rita Blitt, international award winning painter, sculptor and filmmaker, celebrates her love of nature, music and dance in the drawn gesture.  Her drawing and paintings, which sometimes become sculpture, are often created with two hands at once.  She says, "When those lines come from my hands...I feel like I am dancing." Blitt is a quintessential contemporary artist, an internationally acclaimed woman who is passionate, inspiring and transcends borders and boundaries to create elegant movement on canvas, paper, sculpture and film. Professor Arie Galles, Director of Creative Arts at Soka University, said of Blitt's work, "It transcends media and pulses with life."                                       

Passionate Gestures of Rita Blitt contains 38 works of art including paintings, drawings and sculpture created from 1984 to 2008, with some works from Blitt's private collection.  The birth of her granddaughter Dorianna in 1996 was a pivotal moment in Blitt's life and career, inspiring Celebrating Dorianna and several strong minimal paintings also included in the exhibition. The dancing lines in Fire Bird 1999, were painted to the music of Beethoven and are a fine example of the spontaneous gestures Blitt loves to create in response to music. The entire 2nd floor of Soka's Founders Hall Art Gallery will be filled with Blitt's 2008 painting series, Sacred Moments.

Known for her passionate expressions of both joy and pain, Blitt has garnered the attention of a broad audience from around the world. Her works-including sculptures up to 60-feet in height-have been permanently installed and exhibited in Israel, the United States, Germany, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and most recently one of her paintings has been added to the permanent art collection in the Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C.   The Rita Blitt Foundation has been formed to share her work through exhibitions, workshops and films.  Blitt has studios in Emeryville, California; Aspen, Colorado; and Leawood, Kansas.    

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Artist Statement 

Exhibiting at Soka University of America, founded on the values I hold so dear - peace, human rights and the sanctity of life - and sharing my art which expresses my joy of life with Soka's global community is very meaningful to me.  I am grateful that my painting, sculpture and film making has been recognized internationally and that my work has been exhibited and permanently installed in museums, galleries and public places from Australia to Italy and from the United States to Asia.           Rita Blitt