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Herb Opitz, 1925 - 2013 London Based Artist

Herb Opitz, 1925-2013      London Based Artist Herb Opitz was a founding member of the Brixton Artists Collective and the Brixton Art Gallery in London. He began painting in 1977 after an architectural career which began in Detroit in 1953.

Opitz grew up in Ludington, MI, joined the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet, but switched to bombardier and was a week short of graduation when WWII ended.  He returned to Michigan and enrolled in UM studying to be a physicist.  After his freshman year, he moved to St. Louis to care for his grandfather.  In St. Louis, he worked as a window dresser for Stix Baer & Fuller, then 2nd largest department store in St. Louis. While in St. Louis he enrolled in Washington University, where he graduated with a degree in Architecture.
His architecture career was full of exciting commissions around the world.  He accepted his first position in Detroit (1953), went off to Frankfurt in 1957 to further his studies in modern architecture.   Served as an ass…