Painting and sculpting is for me the process of discovering the extraordinary within the ordinary, and creating art that celebrates those qualities. My painting and sculpture include the use of textural materials and innovative techniques that create revelations of color and form. Solar noodle lights were created by the artist for the Port of San Diego Sculpture Show at the Embarcadero in June, 2007. The 5 ft. lights are constructed with polyurethane pool noodles, solar lights, metal bases and Sunbrella® outdoor fabric.
“I enjoy the challenge and sense of invention that comes with discovering new solutions in the design and use of materials, and in the engineering of art projects to achieve a special or unexpected result. I’m influenced by the words of Rod Serling in his prologue to the Twilight Zone: “Consider This:…”
I’m inspired by the Sunday comics, AC/DC, American pop artists, illustrator Jack Davis, and Mr. King. I’m motivated by the challenge to communicate who I am and what I believe through painting and sculpture.
I graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree, and San Diego State University with a Master of Arts degree. I have been a teacher and an artist in Ohio, California and New Zealand.
My paintings and sculptures have been exhibited at the William D. Cannon Gallery in Carlsbad, California, the Oceanside Museum of Art, the Escondido Arts Partnership, the Del Mar Art Center, the Emerald Plaza in San Diego and the Hyde Gallery at Grossmont College.
My work was exhibited in the international “Ashes to Art” juried exhibit in San Francisco in 2002, and my art was featured in an exhibit of twenty San Diego artists in Super Bowl XXXVI in San Diego, California.
Public art installations include:
City of Carlsbad Sculpture Garden, Carlsbad, California. Solo show of seven new sculptures, Spring, 2008.
‘Maypole II’, Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, California, November,2007. ‘California Canoodle Tree’, Carlsbad Sculpture Park, Carlsbad, California. August, 2006. Urban Trees 1, 2004, and Urban Trees 3, 2006, The Embarcadero, San Diego, California. ‘Urban Evergreen’, The Wolfstein Sculpture Garden, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California, February, 2005. ‘Al Dente’, soft sculpture bench, The San Diego Benchmark Project, 2003.
“Fritzie Urquhart is (an artist) who allows her work to speak for itself, and speak it does in a sweet, wry way.” –Robert Pincus, art critic for the San Diego Union Tribune.