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Previous Exhibits

July 10 - August 22, 2010
Dan Rizzie

Frizzie Art
Dan Rizzie
Blackberry Thieves II
(Yellow)
, 2009
Mounted color woodcut
Image size:
31-3/4 x 25-1/2 inches
Paper size:
40-3/4 x 33-3/4 inches

Dan Rizzie
Anime Nudo, 2009
Collage and hand coloring
with digital ink print
Image size:
32 x 25 inches
Paper size:
40-1/4 x 32-1/4 inches

Galveston Arts Center is pleased to present Dan Rizzie: The Flatbed Years, Selected Prints 1993–2009, featuring work produced by the former Texas artist at Austin’s Flatbed Press. Scrolling arabesques, blackbirds and flowers populate the visual vocabulary of Dan Rizzie’s art. The son of a cultural officer for the US State Department, Rizzie lived in such exotic lands as India, Jamaica, Egypt and Jordan as a child. He continues to be an avid traveler and collector of paper ephemera, old letters, and ledger paper that find places in his collages and prints, markers of a forgotten past. A sense of history and appreciation for architecture and decorative design are the underpinnings for his images. Curator Teresa H. Ebie writes, “Like botanical illustrations, his highly decorative compositions fill the page and typically spill jubilantly beyond the paper’s boundaries. Symbols of vitality—eggs, fruits, vessels and lotus blossoms—float across our field of vision, while leaves and vines trail away seemingly under their own power.” Also evident is the influence of artists such as Picasso and Braque and Matisse.


Dan Rizzie
Nature Morte I, 2002
Sugar lift aquatint with
chine collé
Image size:
19-3/4 x 15-3/4 inches
Paper size:
30 x 22 inches

Rizzie received an MFA in painting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and began making prints in the late 1970s. Flatbed Press in Austin is a professional printmaking studio for contemporary artists that was founded in 1989 by Mark L. Smith and Katherine Brimberry. Flatbed recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and Rizzie has worked with them for most of that time, experimenting with a wide variety of printmaking techniques and scale. Types of prints included in the exhibition include monotypes, etching, aquatints, woodcuts and digital ink prints.

Rizzie was born in 1951 in Poughkeepsie, NY, and moved to Sag Harbor, NY, in 1989 where he still resides. He has exhibited widely since 1975 and has had over 50 solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Dallas amongst others. Flatbed Gallery in Austin featured a show of new work by Rizzie in 2001.