I would like you please e-meet Susan Schwalb and her work!
Susan Schwalb is one of the foremost figures in the revival of the ancient technique of silverpoint drawing in America. She was born in New York City and studied at the High School of M&A, and at Carnegie-Mellon University. Schwalb has been in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and has had two residencies in Israel at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios.
She has had over 35 solo exhibitions and has exhibited nationally and internationally. 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, Kupferstichkabinett – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England.
What mediums do you work with on the TerraSkin?
I use metalpoint which includes gold, copper, silver, brass, aluminum, and I also I use graphite.
What got you started with this paper?
I am a member of an interesting FaceBook group called metalpoint and silverpoint drawing (over 350 members!) and somebody remarked about the TerraSkin, I asked a few questions and bought the paper at New York Central to try it.
What technical discoveries did you make or find using the paper?
Both positive and negative – what solutions/adaptations did you discover to any road blocks?
Well, I like the heavier version, the thinner version is too flimsy for me. You can clean it off using water which is different than anything else because of the nature of the paper.
I find with the kind of work I do I often press pretty hard with my sharp tools for very fine lines and if I am not careful I can tear the paper surface, often that can be covered by a line of graphite which means the drawing is not lost. I use graphite more in general with this paper to get a rich dark.
I get a real beautiful yellow from copper wool pads on this paper (#78) that I do not get from alot of other papers.
This is big year for both silverpoint and Susan from the NGA in Washington, workshops and shows in NYC.
Currently running from – May 3 to July 26 – Susan’s work is included in a fabulous exhibit of 90 drawings from the late Middle Ages to the present, from the collections of the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and other major museums in the United States and Europe.
National Gallery of Art Washington May 3-26, 2015
UALR artWORKS is proud to present a lecture and one-day silverpoint workshop with artist, Susan Schwalb .
The lecture is Thursday, April 16th, at 6 pm. and will be on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Fine Arts Building, room 161. This lecture is free and open to the public. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
It is also on the UALR campus. Participating artists will use two metals for their drawings –silver and copper. A variety of drawing surfaces and grounds will be explored including TerraSkin.
Workshop activities are designed for anyone with an interest in drawing, from beginning to advanced levels and they will explore a variety of approaches to metalpoint.Participants may register by sending an email to Professor Marjorie Williams-Smith at email@example.com. These activities are part of the UALR artWORKS 2014-15 Workshop Series, funded by a grant from the Windgate Foundation.
This is a free workshop with materials provided and space is limited, so register early by e-mailing Prof. Marjorie Williams-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions or information visit the website www.ualr.edu/art, e-mail email@example.com, or call Prof. Marjorie Williams-Smith (501-569-3591).
Location: UALR Fine Arts Building, Room FA252 (Drawing Studio)
Other upcoming silverpoint shows!
June 3 – July 11
Musing Metallic Curated by Liz Garvey @ The Curator Gallery, 520 West 23 St, Nyc
June 11 – July 11
Contemporary Metalpoint @ Garvey|Simon
Elizabeth K Garvey
Garvey|Simon Art Access
547 West 27th Street, 2nd fl., NYC 10001
Direct: (917) 796-2146 Phone: (917) 865-4302
You enjoy more of Susan Schwalb’s work at www.susanschwalb.com.
on another note spring is so very late here this year… a slow retreat of the snow as the river builds speed and the air warms. A good place to have a water/snowproof sketch pad.
- 16 pt TerraSkin
- Metalpoint: the art of drawing with a metal stylus