MIAMI BEACH, Fla.
- July 25, 2020
-- Skip Hartzell is known locally as "the dog artist". He is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters. The artist creates large oil paintings, works on paper and four-legged sculptures inspired by man's best friend.
"The sculptures are partly abstract with lanky legs and floppy ears and body postures that tell shaggy dog stories. He has created his own kind of material, mixing resin and paper mache onto a wire frame then coating it with paints, clay, and wax until he achieves the surface he wants. He likes the surface to look 'beat up'. When it's finally done he stamps it with a small red heart as his signature," said art writer & art critic Sandra Schulman of Hartzell's dog sculptures in West Palm Beach Magazine.
Hartzell's art studio is crawling with canine-based works. Whether he's painting or sculpting, Hartzell's dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it's hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that's perfectly okay with Hartzell. He's never been one to place a rope around his artwork.
"The texture is so important because the tactile experience of sculpture is so primal for me," he says. "You grab with your hands and just start to mush things together and get your fingers on the materials, and there is just such a richness to the feel." He says whenever he's doing a show, he is quick to hand his sculptures to the patrons so they can enjoy the feeling, too. And whether it's paint on canvas or sculpture, the texture is one of the most captivating and inviting parts of experiencing his artwork. Hartzell may not set out to mimic the look of someone's beloved pet, but he says his sculptures and paintings often evoke a fond memory of a furry family member.
"If you love dogs, you are going to love Skip Hartzell's soulful pieces. His work is representative of caricature features of dogs," said J. Marshall Adams, the executive director of the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach to name a few.
For more information about this fascinating artist, for sales, commissions, or general inquiries, please email skipperhartzell@
yahoo.com and visit https://www.skiphartzell.com/