Lowell Tolstedt

Contemporary American Works on Paper

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Composition with Cherries *

Pitcher with Gumballs and Reflections *

Six Petit Fours *

Plate with Four Lollipops

Bowl with Two Apples

Bowl with Yellow and Green Plums

Wrapped Candy with Red and Yellow Jelly Beans *

Four Cherries

Glass Jar with Jelly Beans *
Composition - Bowl and Jar *




Composition: Hanging Grapes with Light

Vegetable Leaves

Composition with Dahlia

Glass Bowl with Wrapped Candy *

Lowell Tolstedt earned an M.A. degree in painting and drawing from the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, and a B.F.A. degree from the State University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota. He was Dean of the Division of Fine Arts at The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio for 24 years. Tolstedt has had many one-man exhibitions and has participated in two-man and group exhibitions nationally. In addition, he has been awarded prestigious fellowships, from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Ohio Arts Council.

Tolstedt is known for his exquisite drawings done in silverpoint, gold point, and colored pencil. His works range from intimate to mural in scale. His subjects, chosen from everyday life and experience, are investigated with a sensitive and penetrating intellect. His drawings are often iconic presentations, simultaneously recalling the American tradition of still-life painting and engaging the viewer with contemporary questions about the fundamental relationship between reality, perception, abstraction, and creation.

"Lowell Tolstedt's meticulous colored pencil and metal point drawings of food and flowers celebrate the act of looking and the powerful physical sensations that we often experience through objects. . . .By adjusting the pressure he places on the tips of his pencils and sharpened sticks of gold, silver and platinum, he suggests an array of textures and achieves remarkable depth of color."

Katherine A. Wat, Curator of Exhibitions, Akron Art Museum,
Excerpt from New Master Drawings, a forthcoming exhibition
at the Canton Museum of Art, August 20 - October 30, 2005

Selected Corporate and Museum Collections:

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Battelle Institute, Columbus, Ohio
B.F. Goodrich, Richfield, Ohio
Canton Museum of Art, Ohio
Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
Davidson College-Van Every/Smith Gallery, Davidson, NC  
Evansville Museum of Art, Indiana
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul
Nationwide Insurance Companies, Columbus, Ohio
Pfizer Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut


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