RUDY POZZATTI



Born 1925 in Telluride, Colorado
Time spent in Italy during the early 1960s made possible by a Guggenheim Fellowship resulted in a 1963 lithographic portfolio called "XII Romans", made during a three-month residency at the Tamarind Workshop in Los Angeles. Throughout the following decades, Pozzatti drew from this body of work and incorporated Roman and Italianate themes into compositions executed in intaglio, woodcut, lithography, and silkscreen. "Light of the City" (1976) is a three-color intaglio possessing a saturated palette of blue, sienna red and purple red, gold and ochre typical of his work from the 1970s. The lush colors of the Italian architecture from the Renaissance and Baroque periods convey the excesses of papal power and wealth. The artist's workshop demonstration focused on the processes of color separation and he gave UNO the proofs for teaching purposes. Pozzatti returned two years after his first residency to produce a second edition with his assistant David Keister, a master printer for Landfall Press in Chicago. Inspired by E. R. Chamberlin's book The Bad Popes (1959), "Three Over One" contains portraits of Popes Leo X, Alexander VI, and Clement VII.



Three Over One
1978; color lithograph; sheet: 30 x 20 (76.2 x 50.8); edition of 44
The Light of the City
1976; color intaglio on paper; image: 18 x 24 (45.7 x 61), sheet: 22 x 30 (55.9 x 76.2); edition of 30