The What is Painting? Project: Featuring Peri Schwartz

What is Painting? Norbert Marszalek

I thought it would be intriguing to ask painters this simple yet complex question. This query comes with no ground rules—it’s up to each individual artist to find their own approach and direction.

This project will be an ongoing exploration … let’s see where it takes us.

What is Painting?
Featuring Peri Schwartz

When asked what my profession is I feel more comfortable saying I am a painter rather than I am an artist. So, when asked the question “What is painting?” I find there is a similar conundrum. Painting must be art but art is not necessarily painting. Painting for me is applying paint to a canvas with a brush. It is choosing the right color and putting it exactly where it belongs on the painting. Getting to that point is extremely difficult. Finding the subject to paint and deciding where it goes on the canvas will hopefully turn the painting into art.

Peri Schwartz

Peri Schwartz, Studio XXXVI, 52″ x 44″, 2014

Peri Schwartz received her BFA from Boston University in 1973 and her MFA from Queens College in 1975. Her work has been exhibited extensively for the last 30 years, and can be found in the permanent collections of numerous institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Hammer Museum, LA, CA; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR; The British Museum London, Great Britain; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France; NY Public Library, NY; and The Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

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