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Manuel Izquierdo: 1925-2009 - Memorial Exhibition

Laura Russo Gallery
Portland OR – Dec 3-24, 2009

Manuel Izquierdo, Cleopatra

Manuel Izquierdo, Cleopatra (1981), welded bronze [Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR, Dec 3-24]

Manuel Izquierdo, Iberian Venus

Manuel Izquierdo, Iberian Venus (c. 1969), cast bronze [Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR, Dec 3-24]

Manuel Izquierdo, Veronica

Manuel Izquierdo, Veronica (1982), glazed ceramic [Laura Russo Gallery, Portland OR, Dec 3-24]

Manuel Izquierdo was an instrumental figure in Portland's art scene. Born in Madrid, Spain, Izquierdo fled Europe in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. He and his siblings were separated from their parents and spent time at refugee camps in France before immigrating to the United States during his teenage years.

A long-time resident of Portland, Izquierdo was a student at the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art), and shortly after graduating he went on to teach for 46 years. He originally studied under other prominent Northwest artists of the era, including Louis Bunce, Jack McLarty and Frederic Littman. Izquierdo became an exceptional and versatile sculptor, talented printmaker and influential professor. He died in July 2009 at the age of 83 after a long and substantial career.

Many of Izquierdo's more notable artworks reference the human form. As a printmaker, Izquierdo's primary method was carving detailed relief prints in a tone far more casual than his serious sculptures. The spontaneous light-hearted expression in his print work shows his charismatic personality.

His biomorphic sculptures are largely organic abstractions of figures, graceful plants and other natural elements, often with a surrealistic sensibility. The memorial exhibit will include works dating from the 1960s on, with examples of cast and welded metal work, ceramic sculpture and a selection of prints.


Allyn Cantor

 Fri, Nov 6, 2009