Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Schwalb.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Susan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I wanted to be an artist ever since I was around 5 years old. I went to the HS of Music and Art, NYC and Carnegie-Mellon University. I was always interested in drawing and discover silverpoint in 1974, and within a year it became my primary medium. I recently had a retrospective of my work entitled “A Luminous Line: Forty Years of Metalpoint Drawing by Susan Schwalb” held at the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock. It covered my work as it developed from a series entitled “Orchids and Other Flowers” through works where I burnt the paper to work that combined silverpoint with gold leaf and acrylic. In 1996 I began my Strata Series which I worked on until 2010 when my work evolved into a more linear image.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Begin an artist isn’t an easy life, there are many rejections along the way as one struggles to make the work and trying to exhibit it and sell it. I had financial problems doing a day job as a graphic designer and making drawings at all other times. When I began to teach part-time in 1978. By the early 1980’s I met my husband at Yaddo and marrying with two incomes made life easier. I built my career myself with the help and support of fellow artists. I am currently considered one of the most important artists in silverpoint drawing.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Silverpoint drawing is a Renaissance technique using silver and other metals drawing on specially prepared grounds. My work has ranged from image-based to currently reductive abstraction. My oeuvre ranges from drawings and artist books on paper to paintings on canvas or wood panels. Her work is represented in most of the major public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery, Washington DC, The British Museum, London, The Brooklyn Museum, NY, The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Kupferstichkabinett – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts at the de Young and the Legion of Honor Museums, San Francisco, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, New York, NY, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA, Evansville Museum of Art and Science, the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AK and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
A technique book “Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing: A Complete Guide to the Medium” by Susan Schwalb and Tom Mazzullo will be published in Dec. 2018 by Routledge in the UK. I have attached the cover. This is a link to the book https://www.routledge.com/Silverpoint-and-Metalpoint-Drawing-A-Complete-Guide-to-the-Medium/Schwalb-Mazzullo/p/book/9780815365907
It is the first technique book ever published on silverpoint drawing.
What were you like growing up?
I grew up in the Bronx, NY and was always interested in art.
- My work ranges in price from $500 to 10,000.oo.
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