Colors of a Nightmare (Section Two of Diptych), Painted photocopy


This week we welcome Deborah Sherman. Sherman is an artist living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan with a studio in Long Island City. She remained in NYC during most of the pandemic and kept going by creating new work and participating in online shows. Sherman has exhibited in many venues in New York and Europe, and attended residencies in the U.S., France, Italy and Nova Scotia.

The Barn at Marance, Gouache, 9”x12″

She received a Helena Rubenstein Fellowship to complete a painting MFA at the Parsons School of Design where she worked with Leland Bell, Larry Rivers and Paul Resika. At the National Academy School she was awarded a merit scholarship to study with portraitist Nelson Shanks.

Delilah in the Studio, Gouache on grey board, 20” x 16”

“My work has been inspired by my study of nature, as embodied in the figure, landscape and still life. Although I have worked in diverse media, my strongest efforts have been directed toward developing an expressive painting technique combining delicate yet graphic brushwork with intensive layering of color, to delineate evanescent human experience. Recent projects include a sequence of figures in interiors that combine psychological representation with poetic modulations in color and form.

The Abandoned Doll, Oil, 12″x20″

Dolls, landscapes and flowers are images that continue to fascinate me. I work to develop themes that have become increasingly important to me: the embodiment of feeling in chromatic and structural forms, the expression of highly personal meaning through accessible representation of the visible world, the immanence of a unique and universal past in the single moment.”

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