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J R Holtz II, a Pittsburgh Native, creates illustrative depictions of family, superheros, and culture through his reverse-glass painting technique. Holtz began as a mechanical draftsman and focused on pencil drawings for Pittsburgh steel mills. Holtz has been creating art since 1985. He created his early art in his free time and experimented with techniques in collage and paint. His art is born out of the question, “why not?”
He blends reality with fantasy by incorporating photographs as a backdrop to the fantastical worlds of his characters. He paints superheros with a Pittsburgh backdrop, families enjoying the company of one another in a colorful world, and the beauty of African Heritage. In most of his paintings, he includes his trademark brick design with leading lines to the focal point.
Holtz visualizes emotion and expresses the complexity and depth of feelings through color, pattern, and rhythm.
Holtz’s work will be on display at Assemble, 4824 Penn Ave, until Friday, November 25th.