Paul Rosenblatt is an artist and architect based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is FoundingPrincipal of the award-winning architectural firm, SpringboardDesign. Notable projects include the Tartans Pavilion at Carnegie MellonUniversity, The National Aviary, CLASS, Smoke Restaurant, and anoff-grid house in Confluence, PA. Among dozens of exhibitions he hasdesigned at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Teenie Harris exhibition is afavorite. Today, Rosenblatt, who has been described as a creative problemsolver, leads a double life as both an artist and an architect. Each side ofthis double life informs the other.
Throughout childhood, Rosenblatt considered himself tobe an artist. Growing up in NYC with an architect father and writer mother, he wasburied in art supplies but never thought of pursuing art professionally. In asecond-generation immigrant family, art didn’t seem like a sustainable career.Hedging his bets, he ended up double majoring in art and architecture andpursuing a master’s degree in architecture from Yale. At first Rosenblattfocused on practicing architecture while holding an Associate Professor ofArchitecture position at Carnegie Mellon University. After leaving theuniversity, he founded Springboard Design and re-discovered art, firstre-entering the art world through sculptural environments andinstallations.
Rosenblatt’s current artistic practice includes abstractpaintings, prints, and collages that appeal to his architectural disposition inboth subject and structure. His work has been featured in the 2003 and2014 Pittsburgh Biennials, The National Academy of Art, SPACE Gallery, and insingle artist installations at Carnegie Mellon University, Erie Art Museum,Lafayette College, West Virginia University’s Mesaros Galleries, the PittsburghCenter for the Arts, and at 707 Penn Gallery. He is a registered architect anda member of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.
I love cities and music.My abstract paintings, prints, and collages reflect my architectural disposition in subject and structure while nourishing my imagination to dream. Real and imaginary places fill my mind and mix with the music I listen to on my many vinyl records. This stew of images and sounds feeds and inspires my creativity.
A daytime architect and nighttime painter,I begin every morning building up structures on paperin my architectural office and end every eveningbreaking them down on canvases in my night studio.
What are the colors, shapes, and textures of a place?In the night studio, my paintings become sites forconstruction and excavation. I experiment by firstlaying down foundations, then surveying the site forkey color relationships and dominant organizations.Ultimately, I assemble new elements onto the fieldlike a cropped image of an architectural model, anglesof gabled roofs, empty lots, and small views of largebuildings. An infinite vocabulary of shapes is obscuredby hazy, patterned gestures complicating the system,hovering above a landscape or expanding logarithmi-cally away from Earth.
Exchanging day for night, I hand over the reins. As
I become sleepy, my subconscious mind emerges.My focus falters, but in the haze images emerge. Myfatigued navigation between intention and accidentleads to shapes that surprise even myself.
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
- Growth, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 2023
- Different Strokes, James Gallery, 2022
- New Members, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 2022
SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
- Night Shift, Springboard Gallery, 2023
- Well Played, Pittsburgh Biennial 2014
- Omnivorous, Mesaros Galleries, West Virginia University
- The Parthenon Project, Erie Art Museum
- Virginia Center for Contemporary Art
- Pittsburgh Glass Center
- Yale Art Gallery
- National Academy of Art
- Carnegie Museum of Art
- Private Collections