Painted Waves

Friday, December 31, 2004





Here is a link to the work of the great Uruguayan painter Figari

Thursday, December 30, 2004


Pipe Music #65

Here is a track called "pipe music" that I contributed to an album that was organized by Glen Branca.


Cali Marie Posted by Hello


Bird and Guitar Posted by Hello

Tuesday, December 28, 2004


Dirty Bird Posted by Hello


My Photo Site

Subway Sketches
Kayak Photos


The Matzo files

The Matzo files


Aron Fra Kangeq

Here is a link to the Art of Aron Fra Kangeq

Monday, December 27, 2004


Phinehas Murders Zimri and Cozbi

Zimri And Cozbi Murdered by Phinehas Posted by Hello

Numbers 25

Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them-through the Israelite and into the woman's body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; 9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.
10 The LORD said to Moses, 11 "Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them. 12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites."
14 The name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family. 15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was put to death was Cozbi daughter of Zur, a tribal chief of a Midianite family.
16 The LORD said to Moses, 17 "Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them, 18 because they treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the affair of Peor and their sister Cozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of Peor."

Sunday, December 26, 2004


Leap Posted by Hello


The Event Posted by Hello


Angel Wings Posted by Hello


Rider's Rider Rides Again. Posted by Hello


Creation Posted by Hello


Another watery representation Posted by Hello


Triptich Posted by Hello



Light before the rising moon Posted by Hello

Light and dark


Walrus attack Posted by Hello


Christ Entering Brussels again

Christ Entering Brussels again
Created over a blend of Ensor's original Posted by Hello


Chaos meets water Posted by Hello


The Maize God Eats a Rooster Posted by Hello


One of my water series Posted by Hello

Saturday, December 25, 2004


Graven Images

Graven images
Cyber Paintings by Harry Spitz
I think of my paintings as icons or totems derived from biological forms. Each image is conceived whole in the mind and performed (written) and refined on canvas, paper, plaster or computer screen.
The Kayak Roll ( is one of those skills that can change ones sense of oneself. Learning to roll can be terrifying. One has to purposely capsize ones boat, then use the paddle to grip the surface, you use your hips and knees to flip the boat right side up, then you bring your body out of the water and finally the head comes up last. This head up last maneuver is counter-intuitive; after all we all want to bring our heads out of the water first. No matter how well the novice understands the principles of rolling (intellectually) most people try to roll with a tremendous effort applied to the paddle, then they try to wrench themselves out of the water head first. Of course this means that the roll won't work and this improper form could even dislocate a shoulder.
I make my art with the same type of visual, muscle memory that is used in the Kayak Roll. I also find a similarity with the sweeping curves used in the roll and the sweeping curves in the gestural marks that I use in my work. My paintings are hieroglyphs that tell visceral stories. I believe that there are archetypal images that are part of our beings. We are attracted to the shapes and colors of ripe fruits and women's bodies. We are repelled by sharp teeth and snake shapes. I believe that these archetypes are wired into our brains and are basically part of our beings. I am trying to find these icons within myself and use them as keys to unlock the visual depository.

Resumé for Harry Spitz

1969 -1973 attended the Philadelphia College of Art where I had the privilege of studying with Raphael Ferrer and Robert Keyser.

1973 - 1976 Moved to San Francisco where I showed in The Mostly Flowers Gallery and Postcard Museum, The Lawson Gallery and The Nanny Goat Hill Gallery.

1976 moved to Manhattan

1978 won a National Endowment for the Arts.
Co-founder (with G. H. Hovagimyan) of the 75 Warren Street Project, New York

1979 Helped Organize and participated in "A Salute to Creative Youth," 75 Warren Street, New York
Organized and participated in the first DUMBO open Studio show.

1980 One of the early members of ABC NoRio. I organized and participated in the “Positive Show”
Played Sledge hammer on Glen Branca's Lesson #1.
Performed “Pipe Music” on the mega Album “Just Another Asshole” Click on to hear a clip.

Performed pipe music in the Kitchen and at Arlene Schloss’ “A’s”

1981 – Ceased showing my work publicly. (Continued to work privately)
1989- Purchased my first kayak.
1996- Built a Guillemot stripper Kayak.
1998- Took a paddling class from Derek Hutchinson (the great British paddler)
2002- Built a Aleut Baidarka (a traditional Aleut kayak)
Started showing my work on-line at Ted Knerr’s Art Spirit site (click on Walls gallery)
2003- Honed my paddling skills by taking some classes and working as a teacher’s assistant at the New York Kayak Company
Attained my BCU (British Canoe Union) 4 Star Rating (sort of a brown belt for kayakers)
2003- Joined Ted Knerr’s Walls Gallery at
2004- Led a group of 28 paddlers from the Downtown Boat House to the first legal landing of kayaks on Governors Island in recorded history.
2004- Showed in Jeffrey's Meat Market in the Essex Market at Essex and Delancey St. in NYC and The Motza Files on Rivington Street.

Started posting my work on line at on an Epson Photo site.


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