Stephen Lebowitz, Untitled.

Stephen Lebowitz (1939–2016)

Artist Stephen Lebowitz, best known for his intimate portraits and paintings of detailed interiors, died on December 28, 2016, at the age of seventy-seven.

Commenting on Lebowitz’s work, Pritzker Prize–winning architect Robert Venturi said, “Lebowitz’s paintings create an artful balance between abstraction and representation, between atmosphere in terms of luminous surfaces and in terms of nostalgic symbolism, between stark reality and poetic whimsy. All of these dimensions make for beautiful and intense art.”

Lebowitz earned both his bachelor’s degree in architecture and his graduate degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Recent exhibitions of his work were presented at Smink in Texas, New Hope Arts Center in Pennsylvania, and Pedersen Gallery in New Jersey. From 1982 to 2011, Lebowitz served as principal and director of design at Francis Cauffman Foley Hoffman Architects Ltd. in Philadelphia. Previously, Lebowitz was a partner at the real-estate development office Historic Landmarks for Living and at the architectural firm Levinson, Lebowitz, and Zaprauskis.