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Shelah Horvitz

About the Artist

Shelah Horvitz was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. She started training as an artist at the age of four under her mother, Frances Bieler Horvitz, who had studied at the Boston Museum School. She received classical training from Narcisco Maisterra at the Mary C. Wheeler School in her teens, and was in her first museum show at 21, at Brown University’s List Gallery, where she exhibited alongside William Holman Hunt and other major Pre-Raphaelites. Shelah holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has studied privately with Stephen Bauman and Will St. John. Since 1984, Shelah has exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States. Her work has appeared in magazines and scholarly publications in the US and Japan, and on websites throughout Europe. Shelah is currently represented by the gallery Stone Sparrow NYC. She currently lives on a homestead in the Maine woods with her husband and dog.

About Artist’s Work:

Painting is a tool by which I pass through surfaces to deeper realities. I use it to inquire about the commonalities and differences between myself, other people, and the world around me. My work always has psychological and philosophical components and I try to design each piece so that it looks formally simple but it is semantically complex, so that as the viewer changes in mood, experience and worldview, the meaning of the work changes with them.

Find the Artist on: 

https://www.shelahhorvitz.com

About the Artist

Shelah Horvitz started training at the age of four under her mother, Frances Bieler Horvitz, who attended the Boston Museum School. Her formal education led to degrees in English Literature (B.A. Brown University), Painting (M.F.A. UTSA) and Software Engineering (B.S. UMass/Dartmouth). However, because Modernism held sway during her formative years and she is a realistic artist, she is mostly self-taught. She has been painting professionally since the early ’80s and has exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, scholarly papers and blogs all over the US, Europe, and as far away as Japan. She currently lives with her husband and dog in the Maine woods and is represented by the gallery Stone Sparrow NYC.

Artist Statement

Painting is a tool by which I pass through surfaces to deeper realities. I use it to inquire about the commonalities and differences between myself, other people, and the world around me. My work always has psychological and philosophical components and I try to design each piece so that it looks formally simple but it is semantically complex, so that as the viewer changes in mood, experience and worldview, the meaning of the work changes with them.

What is your “Dreamland” ?

My dreamland is a fantasy where there is no barrier between Us and Them, where our commonalities and uniquenesses are embraced, where each of us is able to achieve our own potential, and where we truly see and respect each other and nature.

I have been fighting for this dreamland since I started painting; I literally try to use painting to change the world. I used to do political paintings where the meanings were explicit and overt, but over time I realized that alienated exactly the audience I want to address. Now my work tries to function on a deep nonverbal level, so the audience is less likely to throw up defenses. My work seeks to connect us, soul to soul, to establish a visceral level of empathy.

Find the Artist on: 

https://www.shelahhorvitz.com
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