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A native of Racine, Theodore Czebotar traveled to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State from the 1940s through the 60s. During these annual trips with his artist-wife Els, Czebotar painted and filled sketchbooks of the largely unexplored area. These studies and smaller works later inspired larger paintings of the coastline, temperate rain forests and drier climates found in the region. The artist often concentrated on fallen trees and the weathered remains of root clusters littering the beaches along the west coast. Though he never fully embraced abstraction, Czebotar’s work became increasingly reductive and stylized over the years. What the artist actually saw can be seen in the now historic photographs of the Pacific coast included in the exhibition. These were used for reference by the artist when he returned to his studio after each visit to the northwest coast.
The paintings shown in this exhibition are from the estate of Theodore Czebotar and presented courtesy of the Emile Mathis Gallery, Racine, WI. This exhibition is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.