Sunday, November 15, 2009

Claudia Seymour

Name: Claudia Seymour
Bio: Claudia Seymour took an M.A. in English Literature, New York University. Her art was a relatively late venture, as she took her first classes in 1996 at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT when her son went away to college. Seymour went on to study privately, and at the Art Students League of New York, where she studied with Eleanor Moore and Richard Pionk. During those years she developed her classical style, including the use of chiaroscuro, that is, strongly lighted objects emerging from dark backgrounds – a style in which the late, great Richard Pionk was a master.
Compare this painting by Pionk to that of Seymour:

Claudia Seymour is President of the Salmagundi Art Club, New York, only the second woman to hold that office since its foundation in 1871.
Seymour was featured in American Artist, the Still Life Painting Highlights issue, a recently-published compendium that is still available, and well worth seeking out. The article outlines her working methods and favourite materials both in oil and pastel. I had not come across the Gamblin range, and was glad to learn about Gamblin perylene red, and Gamblin asphaltum (oils, not pastels, but the pastel world is not hermetically sealed off from other media and many artists including Seymour are accomplished artists in both media. In Seymour's case it is often difficult to distinguish her oils from her pastels.)
Media: Pastels, oils
Subjects: Still Life
Style: Classical
Navigation: Easy
Gallery: Divided by medium, then by archived or recent work
Image view: Each thumbnail enlarges in a new window when clicked.
Demos: No
Blog: No
Ebay: No

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