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German Pitre
Newark, NJ
Photography, Mixed Media, Sculpture




Artwork Details
...And the Lion Will Sleep With the Lamb
2002
Mixed Media & Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 22"
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German Pitre works in virtually all media including painting, photography, film, and sculpture. He studied at the Art Student’s League in New York and held apprenticeships as printmaker, sculptor, and painter in New York. He is the recipient of the 2005 New Jersey Print and Paper Fellowship from Rutgers University sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the 2005 Aljira Emerge, Creative Capital Program in Newark.

His work includes found objects in the form of “stuffed animals” that have been used as toys. These animals are contorted, painted, and rearranged until they have lost their innocence and take on deeper meanings that examine our relationship to childhood and our own feelings about that innocence. The creatures are used as a vehicle to engage the viewer in a dialogue and the image creates a physiological longing with a sense of inaccessibility. The titles are important in staging a social and political dynamic. The photographs represent a step beyond the paintings in that they create a space between the viewer and the object that insulates the viewer from the inherent discomfort with the imagery.  Pitre's work forces us to deal with what are often uncomfortable realities in society and our relationship to them.

Pitre has exhibited throughout New Jersey and New York, including the Jersey City Museum, Mason Gross School of the Arts Gallery, City Without Walls, Essex County College, Grey Art Gallery at NYU, and Gale-Martin Fine Arts Gallery in New York. He has given artist talks at Rutgers Center for Innovative Print & Paper, Princeton High School, the New Jersey Historical Society, and the Jersey City Museum. His work is in many gallery and private collections in the United States and Europe.

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