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Old Town Square Prague / Photography / 8x10 / $25 USD

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Name   : Stephen Breslow
Location: Valley Stream  
  United States
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Stephen Breslow

Biography
Born New York City, 1949, married, 2 adult children. MFA Queens College, additional courses at the Pratt Graphics Center and Brooklyn College, taught printmaking at Suffolk County Community College as an adjunct 1977-1984, some adult art ed courses at Five Towns Community Center, employed by the Social Security Administration in various positions since 1980, most recently serving as a Paralegal in the Hearings section.
 
Statement
I was trained as a master printmaker, etching and engraving on zinc and copper, hand printing finely detailed images on the best papers. These prints were difficult and expensive to produce, and not very well received. With little kids running around the house, I gave away my etching press. As a substitute, I have been experimenting with computer software for about fifteen years, and have found that I am able to capture many of the aesthetic qualities of an etching while benefiting from the flexibility allowed by computer graphics. Although I do not claim that these pictures have the same value as a traditional print, they are my own originals, carefully and painstakingly drawn in the computer in high detail, printed as best as possible, and, more recently, made available as part of limited editions. While many have validly criticized me for turning away from the fine art of printmaking, all I can say is that I do not have easy access to an etching press, at my age I do not have the time and patience anymore to do this kind of work, and I do not miss breathing in that rich mixture of sulphuric acid, benzene and nitric acid, and having lovely and unremoveable particulate manner under my fingernails! On the other hand, there are some, not total idiots, who seem to like the detail, clarity of image, and expressiveness that I can bring to these computer prints. The pictures are not digital art in the sense that there is little in the way of computer enhancement going on here, just me drawing crazy pictures like I always have, and occasionally finding a few others who like them.
 
Exhibitions
Brentanos, NY, 1974 - group show. Pratt Graphics Center, 1977 - received Juror's Award. Queens Museum, 1979 - juried exhibition. Gallery North, Setauket NY, 1986 - group show. Hewlett Woodmere Public Library, 1990 - juried exhibition, received 2nd prize. Hewlett Woodmere, 1991 - 2 person exhibit. Queensborough Community College, 1991 -juried exhibition, received purchase award. Nassau Community College, 1992 - juried exhibition. Freeport Library, 1993 - juried exhibition. CW Post College, 1993 - fall invitational. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1994 - juried exhibition - received silver award. Nassau County Community College, 1999, juried exhition. Hewlett Woodmere Library, 2004 - one person exhibit, 2 parts, photos in one room, and prints and drawings in a second. White Plains Juried Art Fair, June 2008-2nd prize, graphics. Bellmore Memorial Library, April 2009, etchings, drawings, photos and computer graphics. Upcoming - Hewlett Woodmere Library, September and October 2010, will include some of the photos and graphics from the China trip as well as other relatively recent work (within the last half century!).
 

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