Portfolio of 13 prints (lithographs and etchings), title page, essay by Ann Chernow, and a colophon enclosed in a covered clamshell box, 26.75 x 20.25 x 1.75 inches, edition of 25 and 5 artists’ proofs. James Reed of Milestone Graphics printed the edition. $3,000
My art deals with nuances and subtitles, the shifting shadows of social issues. I explore this through the human figure —that fragile mortal vessel that contains our most basic selves— and use my abiding love of drawing as a path to express innate concerns about liberty, about fear and about hope.
Some of my topics are as simple as an individual’s need for work, for sustenance, for shelter and yes, for love. Others are as geopolitically volatile as the indignities people suffer when they lose their basic freedoms. The body, that seemingly transcendent creation of blood, of tissues, of sinews, reveals and reflects all those ideas and issues.
It is through this incarnate and fragile form that we hope to bestride the world, yet all too often cower in its shadows. And it is by means of charcoal, ink and paint that I celebrate, agonize and weep over this life, whether it is in the glare hurtling off of an arm wrenched by jailers or the shifting glow on necks entwined in an embrace.
Nomi Silverman studied at the High School of Art and Design, Barnard College, The Art Students League, National Academy and independently with Burt Silverman, Bob Blackburn, and Michael Mazur. Solo exhibitions include The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT; The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT; A Shenere Velt Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; The Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT; the Fine Arts Gallery of the Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY; The Meeting House Gallery in Bedford, NY; and the Greenwich Arts Center Gallery in Greenwich, CT. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Fairfield Arts Center in Farifield, CT. Group exhibitions include, The Washington Art Association; Boston Printmakers; Large Drawings@A-Space; Connecticut Printmakers at the Westport Arts Center; Contemporary Prints, American Impressions; Contemporary American Printmaking; Striking Impressions; and Narrative at the Silvermine Guild of Art. She is in the collection of The New York Public Library, The William Benton Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, the Housatonic Museum of Art, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and The Printmaking Workshop. Publications include “Strokes of Genius 3”. North Light Books, Exp. publication date October 2011, and reviews by The New York Times, The Advocate/Greenwich Time, The Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia Weekly. Awards include the Lynd Ward Memorial Purchase Prize, the Allied Artists, Aileen and Manuel de Torres Graphics Award, National Academy of Design, Leo Meissner Prize and Charles Loring Elloitt Silver medal for Drawing. She was awarded a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Grant and a Duke University Fellowship. She is in numerous national and international private collections.