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Judith Larzelere
Westerly, RI

About the Artist

Judith began to sew by embroidering a sampler at the age of seven. Sewing and thinking about fabric have always been pleasurable to her, and it seemed very natural to turn to this skill for a career. She was trained as a painter at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. where she learned to develop a love of color. Since 1978 she has been making art quilts full-time. Judith’s images are abstract and non-geometric and do not rely on a block/grid structure. She seeks to recreate the apparent artlessness of nature’s organic forms. She is fascinated by the flicker of …
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About the Artist

Judith began to sew by embroidering a sampler at the age of seven. Sewing and thinking about fabric have always been pleasurable to her, and it seemed very natural to turn to this skill for a career. She was trained as a painter at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. where she learned to develop a love of color. Since 1978 she has been making art quilts full-time. Judith’s images are abstract and non-geometric and do not rely on a block/grid structure. She seeks to recreate the apparent artlessness of nature’s organic forms. She is fascinated by the flicker of light on moving water, the shimmer of the Northern Lights, the drift of clouds, and the patterns of pebbles washed up on a beach. Her earlier quilts are expressive; her latest works are minimal by intent. Judith is exploring the same problems and expressing the same inspirations as a painter using oils or acrylics. Instead, Judith choose colored cloth as a medium because she likes the collage aspect of designing with fabric; “I like selecting from available color rather than mixing paints, and I love the tactile pleasure of handling cloth.” age of seven. Sewing and thinking about fabric have always been pleasurable to her, and it seemed very natural to turn to this skill for a career. She was trained as a painter at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. where she learned to develop a love of color. Since 1978 she has been making art quilts full-time. Judith’s images are abstract and non-geometric and do not rely on a block/grid structure. She seeks to recreate the apparent artlessness of nature’s organic forms. She is fascinated by the flicker of light on moving water, the shimmer of the Northern Lights, the drift of clouds, and the patterns of pebbles washed up on a beach. Her earlier quilts are expressive; her latest works are minimal by intent. Judith is exploring the same problems and expressing the same inspirations as a painter using oils or acrylics. Instead, Judith choose colored cloth as a medium because she likes the collage aspect of designing with fabric; “I like selecting from available color rather than mixing paints, and I love the tactile pleasure of handling cloth.”

Artist’s Work

Blue flight
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Blue Flight

By Judith Larzelere

Marriage of blue and orange
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Marriage of Blue and Orange

By Judith Larzelere

Sonorous colors
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Sonorous Colors

By Judith Larzelere

Zap 2
Softer mood
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Softer Mood

By Judith Larzelere

Teal coral gold
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Teal, Coral, Gold

By Judith Larzelere

Falling stars 2
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Falling Stars

By Judith Larzelere

Happy new year 2
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Happy New Year

By Judith Larzelere

Reving up for summer
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Reving Up for Summer

By Judith Larzelere

Strong color
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Strong Color

By Judith Larzelere

Full spectrum 2
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Full Spectrum

By Judith Larzelere

Bittersweet 5
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Bittersweet

By Judith Larzelere

Celebration 7
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Celebration

By Judith Larzelere

Vera planes
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Vera Planes

By Judith Larzelere

Primary colors 2
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Primary Colors

By Judith Larzelere

Selected Exhibitions

  • International Museum of Art and Science Group Show
    McAllen, Texas, 2019
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles Group Show
    San Jose, CA, 2018
  • Oulu Museum of Art
    Oulu, Finland, 2015
  • Oceanside Museum of Artt Group Show
    San Diego, CA, 2011
  • Columbus Museum of Art invitational show
    Columbus, OH, 2009
  • Newport Art Musuem solo show
    Newport, RI, 2007
  • 2nd International Great Quilt Festival invitational show
    Tokyo, Japan, 2003

Press and Accolades

  • Art Quilt Quarterly #12 profile article
    Fall issue 2018
  • American Style portfolio profile articel
    October, 2009
  • Surface Design Journal "Art Quilt Elements 2008"
    Winter, 2009
  • Art Quilts International - Abstract and Geometric by Martha Sielman, artist profile and 6 images
    2016
  • The Art Quilt by Robert Shaw featured profile artist
    1997
  • Threads Magazine articles on technique by Judith Larzelere
    January, 1986, August, 1988, August 1990

Education

  • Rutgers University, MFA Painting
    New Brunswick, NJ,1974