Discover Local Artists: Lorraine Peltz


“Chandelier Blue Black Pink,” 40 by 40 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas, $6,000.

The simple ability to shed light or a more complex image symbolizing luxury, opulence, elegance — even decadence – what does the chandelier as an object mean to you?

We may not have one hanging over our dining room tables, but, in any case, watching light reflect and sparkle from drops of cut crystal is as bewitching as candlelight or the flames dancing in a fireplace…

Rosenbaum Contemporary presents Lorraine Peltz’s new body of work, “Chandeliers,” May 6 through June 5, with an opening night on May 6.

Her chandeliers, though, do not hang from the ceiling, anchored securely. “My chandeliers float regally in undefined space affording the viewer the simple celebration of color and light,” Peltz said.

Although this is a new body of work for Peltz, she often juxtaposes objects with signs, symbols and fields of color.

“My chandeliers are meant to to conjure up memories from a past culture,” she said. “They relate specifically to the roots of my mother’s Austro-Hungarian heritage and they are a good way to address celebration.” She joins the images of the chandelier with painterly Pop flowers and other decorative Pop images, combining the present and the past.

“I’m asking my viewers to think about place, celebration and memory, about the act of painting and its pleasure and beauty,” she said.

Lorraine Peltz lives in Chicago and will soon become a Boca Raton seasonal resident.  She holds an MFA from the University of Chicago, and is currently an adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rosenbaum Contemporary Gallery Center is at 608 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton. The public is invited to an opening night, Thursday, May 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call (561) 994-9180.

PB Post article link, May 5, 2010