David SchwARTZ

SchwARTZ@ARTZworks.com or 805.984.2816


American Icons

All American Icons now available in Executive Series

The Executive "American ARTZ" Series are limited edition giclees, which can be hand-touched by the artist and personalized for special occasions.  Finished size in a polished black frame is 17" x 22".  Each frame features a brass plaque describing the work with inspiring quotes including:


“We should not let our fears hold us back from

pursuing our hopes.” ~John F. Kennedy


“New York...when civilization falls apart, remember,

we were way ahead of you.”

~David Letterman


"Beer is living proof that G-d loves us

and wants us to be happy."   ~Benjamin Franklin


“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”  ~John F. Kennedy


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The Executive "American ARTZ" Series are perfect gifts

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About the American Icons...

In lieu of traditional canvas, David SchwARTZ is using decommissioned American flags as the foundation for this latest series, American Icons. He discovered the flags, bundled up and ready for the local dumpster and was devastated to see that the symbol of American Democracy had been discarded in this way.


Inspired on a trip to Washington D.C., SchwARTZ returned home to stretch the first canvas and create "American Capitol."  Today, people from around the world are gifting flags to him.  One of the most recent contributions was from the son of a soldier who fought the Battle of the Bulge in WWII for the purpose of honoring the men and women who made such extraordinary sacrifices to ensure American values and principles.

"This series is contrary to how most artists use the American flag to denigrate the country," SchwARTZ said. "I intend to use my rights of freedom of expression and freedom of speech to make a positive, patriotic statement about America."

If you have a special flag that you would like to contribute to the American Icon series by artist David SchwARTZ, please contact us at SchwARTZ@ARTZworks.com for more information.


Aug. 24, 2011


Temple Emanu-El hosts American Icons as part of

September 11 Commemorative Events in San Francisco


Channel Islands, CA—Artist David SchwARTZ will be exhibiting his “American Icon” series of paintings on retired American flags from Aug. 24 through Oct. 17 as part of San Francisco’s city-wide events commemorating the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.


The “American Icons” debuted at the 2007 Biennale in Florence, Italy and have since garnered international acclaim. The impetus for the project came from nine "founding flags" the artist rescued from a trash bag in 2003. He has since received resounding support from numerous sources, including American military veterans, citizens, fire departments, and even former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger—all of whom have gifted flags for the project.


Since his debut in Italy, SchwARTZ has built a reputation from coast to coast as a patriotic painter. “Each American Icon celebrates an aspect of the American value system that’s worthy of discussion,” said 12th District Assemblymember Fiona Ma. “When we reflect on what America stands for, it’s inspiring to see a contemporary artist whose work triggers meaningful conversations about issues shared by Americans across the country.”


Four paintings from the artist's current collection of 23 pieces will be featured in the Elizabeth S. and Alvin I. Fine Museum at Temple Emanu-El. The exhibit includes three of the original “founding flags” in the series as well as SchwARTZ’s 20th piece in the series, “American Firefighter,” executed on a flag that flew on the hook and ladder of Las Vegas, Nevada Fire Station #3 the year following the Sept. 11 attacks.


SchwARTZ received private instruction at the Gino Conti Studio and the Rhode Island School of Design, both in Providence, and at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art/printmaking from the University of Massachusetts and also studied at the University of Hawaii.


Temple Emanu-El, located at 2 Lake Street in San Francisco, is the oldest Jewish synagogue west of the Mississippi as well as a landmark temple in San Francisco. “We are pleased to participate in this important San Francisco-wide commemoration of 9/11 by helping to create a constructive dialogue about what our flag represents,” said Paula Freedman, temple curator.


To arrange a tour of the exhibition, please call Temple Emanu-El at (415) 751-2535. Appointments are encouraged, but not required.


For more information on the “American Icon” paintings or to inquire about the purchase of originals or prints, call (805) 984-2816 or visit the website at ARTZworks.com.