Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery

Harry J. Wirth’s Artwork on Display at Waukesha Civic Theatre


Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1951. Lived and studied in Arizona 1972-1977. Graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture. Studied art and architecture, Arizona State University and Phoenix College. Taught as professor of Art and design at MIAD-Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, UW-Milwaukee-School of Art, and Northern Illinois University. Currently Professor Emeritus from NIU.

Lectured nationally, including SCIARC-Southern California Institute of Architecture and internationally at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany and School of Art in Katowice, Poland. Numerous architectural and art awards. NEA Grant winner. Published in numerous national and international publications. Featured in numerous solo and group art exhibitions. Received numerous art awards and honors. Curator and producer of numerous art and design exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Professor Emeritus, Art and Design, Northern Illinois University. Registered Wisconsin Architect and NCIDQ certified Interior designer since 1980.

Artist’s Statement:

The paintings are visuals of my fascination with the dynamics of the natural landscape. The spaces implied on the paper are imaginary glimpses of time and space and do not necessarily represent an actual spot in any particular place.

The simple line of the horizon continues to stir my imagination and is evident in many of the works. To me, the horizon is ever-present as a reminder of where we are on earth. Where sky meets earth is a delicate and mysterious zone. At times the boundary is cold and hard and other times one blends into the other with no real demarcation or boundary. The intent is to create a space of depth, dimension, and intellectual awareness.

A view of the landscape can be obstructed by other natural features or man-made structures that tend to ‘frame’, distort, or obstruct the view. These paintings I call, ‘windows’. The ‘negative’ areas on the paper (white spaces) take on an equal importance to the actual object of the painted areas.

My material is the memory of an experience on the landscape. I take these memories into the studio and create my special views which I call “Imaginary Spaces”.