"After about ten years exploring non-representational imagery, I’ve returned recently to making drawings from direct observation of recognizable subjects. These drawings bear absolutely no conceptual freight. I’m just drawn to the mysterious beauty of everyday objects, and I never tire of the simple magic of three-dimensional space unfolding on a two-dimensional surface. I’ve tried to invoke this magic by paying attention to the way light passes across objects and reveals the volumes of space that they occupy.."

-Barry Pelzner, February 2022.


Barry Pelzner earned both a BA and MA from Reed College, and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. He was a professor at PNCA from 1987 until his retirement in 2021. He has previously taught at Oregon College of Art and Craft, and at Portland State University. His artwork is held in many permanent collections including the City of Portland, the City of Seattle, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, and the Portland Art Museum.