Magnificent Manhole Art: Artbydwight.com

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Dwight Pritchett was featured in Michelle Ward’s Blog:October Manhole Madness. http://michelleward.typepad.com/michelleward/2016/10/rub-on-lift-off.html I found a Kindred Spirit.

The city of Pittsburgh supplies Dwight with a rich abundance of history and inspiration when he rides his bicycle over it’s streets and sidewalks. Dwight has enjoyed working on a project that he calls Manhole Art. These functional pieces of metal were designed as practical windows into the earth below our man made world. Dwight Pritchett creates contemporary art from the graphically and historically interesting manholes that we walk over everyday.

Street-Art by Dwight Pritchett

Street-Art by Dwight Pritchett

Dwight was born in Wilkinsburg, PA and lived in various other locations until he ended up back in Pittsburgh pursuing a degree at the Art Institute. He worked as an airbrush artist at several studios until he started his own business (Pritchett Studio) pritchettstudio.com. Along with his wife Bonnie, the studio has successfully evolved into an award-winning digital photo-illustrating business. Their talented daughter, Mollie has recorded his art with impressive photographs.

Dwight Pritchett 2012

Dwight Pritchett 2012

These functional pieces of metal were designed as practical windows into the earth below our man made world. Dwight creates contemporary art from these graphically and historically interesting manholes that we walk over everyday. Dwight refers to his rubbings as “lifts” Dwight makes the impression of a cover with conte crayon on canvas then returns to his studio to complete the piece.

Before and After

Before and After

Dwight says he takes inspiration from the lighting, surrounding color and environment to finish the composition.  Some of his titles tell you exactly what time he was on the streets.

Pritchett the sister Bridges at 6:00 AM

Dwight Pritchett: The Sister Bridges at 6:00 AM

He is able to duplicate the actual size and design a manhole cover on canvas. With the magic of color and shading, he turns them into a piece of art to hang in a home or office. The oldest cover he did is on the North Side of Pittsburg dated 1845. Dwight feels that his art has something to offer guests visiting our city and to inspire people who live in Pittsburg.

ArtByDwight.com: Street Art

ArtByDwight.com: Street Art

Examine his Street Art above and notice the hidden figure hovering over the covers. : https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyDwight/welcomes your comments here and on his website or Facebook page. Visit Dwight’s web site artbydwight.com or Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyDwight/.


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