A figure is perched on a short triangular stool. The figure is dressed in a geometric patterned red and green suit and wears pointed orange shoes. The figure's buttocks is emphasized by two round red circles. One foot is planted on the ground, the other raised in the air; both knees are bent. The arms are bent at the elbows with hands raised while juggling three balls in the air. The face is geometric in design, with a line running down the middle, ending at a small black oval shape for the mouth. Two pointed oval shapes on either side of the line represent eyes. The figure has black hair or wears a black cap tight to the skull. Around its neck are blue and orange spiral shapes. The figure is framed by an arch shape divided in textured blue panels. Behind the figure are panels of alternating black and white. The white portions are highly textured.
Peter Lupori ( 1918- ), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, began his teaching career at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in 1950-51 as assistant professor of art. He soon became associate professor and finally professor and artist-in-residence, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. He not only taught at St. Kate’s but also, the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, and even Schumann Elementary School in Long Lake Minnesota. All throughout his professional career as an educator, Lupori participated in annual exhibitions while receiving endless commissions. In April 1993 St. Catherine University hosted a retrospective exhibition of Lupori’s work at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. A catalogue, Peter Lupori Retrospective, accompanied the exhibition. Soon after a Peter Lupori scholarship was established in his name to help support outstanding Studio Art majors at St. Catherine University. Since the mid-1950’s, graduating students from St. Catherine University have received a contemporary medal of St. Catherine of Alexandria, designed by Lupori. In 1995 Lupori began designing brass ornaments as well as charms and pins for the St. Kate’s alumnae association. Also, since his retirement, he has completed a few large commissions, including a seven-foot bronze sculpture, Our Lady, installed in front of Our Lady of Victory Chapel on St. Catherine University campus. He is married to Catherine Pribyl Lupori; they have, two children, John & Maria.
20 x 26 inches
Lupori, Peter, “(Jester),” Digital Collections From St Kate's, accessed December 2, 2023, https://omeka.reclaim.stkate.edu/items/show/3559.
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