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Salesroom Artist: Lucy Maliszewski

(Image: Lucy Maliszewski,Twist of Lime II, 2013; © Lucy Maliszewski)


Lucy Maliszewski (b. 1952, USA)

Years ago while studying Painting at the Art School for the Society of Arts and  Crafts in Detroit, one of my instructors gave me some very wise advice. He said  to go out each day and see--really see the world--only then are you capable of  creating  great art. So, on the way to classes, I looked--I saw the lover climbing out the window in the apartment in East Detroit to avoid detection. I saw the burned out homes and businesses lining Warren Avenue remnants of the Detroit  Riots. I saw the Vietnam Vet high on Acid hiding behind a lamp post thinking no one could see him. Occasionally, we ventured across the street to the Detroit  Institute of Arts for Art History courses. There, I saw the incredible light reflected  from ligtning on the gravestone in Jacob Van Ruisdael’s “The Jewish Cemetary”.  I saw the energy  of light reflected on water in Turner’s paintings and felt the turbulence. I looked at other works and saw much much more. I discovered  the Impressionists, the Expressionists, the great masters.Then, I took the same advice about seeing a step further and listened as well - I listened to "Black Anemones" and to “Sparrows” by Joseph Schwatner and then I created my  “Sparrow” and Black Anemone in paintings. I I listened to Op. 21 of “Pierrot  Lunaire”- Mondestrucken  performed by sopranos Lucy Shelton  or Tiffany  Dumouchelle while looking  at Picasso’s work then I painted my own Pierrot.. I looked to the works of the Biomorphic Abstract artists---Arp,  Brancusi, Miro, Kadinsky, then Chagall and others and painted and painted. I still try to “See” as I walk by the ocean most mornings. I see cormorants with  wings flapping to dry in the cold fall wind. I see pieces of driftwood, fragments of  Hurricane Sandy- lives and possessions lost-inspirations found. I see  a bicycle  found  rusted and dripping with sea algae. I see the wind and the waves throwing  huge  boulders up on the shore. I join them  for awhile  as they pull me over and  under and spit me out and a new work is created.


Lucy Maliszewski is offering a variety of fine art prints for sale in the ArtSlant Salesroom (here).

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Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/18/13

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