Peri Schwartz uses her studio as her subject matter. In the studio, she creates stage sets using books, bottles, and the architecture of the space. She is constantly arranging, re- arranging, adding, and subtracting until the configuration is right. These set ups are simply a jumping off point for Schwartz. While her finished paintings resemble these complicated arrangements, they teeter on the edge of near abstraction.
The Artist’s Studio gives her the opportunity to exhibit all the mediums she has used throughout her life as an artist. Schwartz said, “This exhibit emphasizes how important it has been for me to work in different mediums. Printmaking and drawing are crucial to my development in oil painting.”
Peri Schwartz will be giving a public lecture at UA Little Rock on Friday Sept. 22 at 6:30pm in FA 161 of the Fine Arts Building.
Schwartz will also be directing a two-day drawing workshop Discovering Mylar at UA Little Rock as part of the Artworks Workshop series on September 23 and 24. For more information about the workshop email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Peri Scwartz
Peri Schwartz grew up in Far Rockaway, NY. She received her BFA from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and her MFA from Queens College. She lives and works in New Rochelle, NY. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on composition and the interplay of color, light and space. Her work is in museum collections in the US and Europe.
Peri Schwartz has exhibited her still-life compositions, interior scenes, and portraits nationally and internationally for over thirty years. Trained in a variety of mediums at Boston University and Queens College, her oeuvre encompasses paintings, monotypes, etchings, and drawings. Her work can be found in permanent collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the Arkansas Arts Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the New York Public Library; the British Museum, London; the Albertina, Vienna.
She grew up in Far Rockaway, NY. From an early age she aspired to be an artist. As a child she drew with pen and ink and took painting classes. “When I was young I kept telling people I was going to be an artist,” Schwartz said. “I remember going with my mother to a local art gallery to frame some of my work. I was impressed by the work they were exhibiting and selling – prints by Picasso, Braque and Miro. The owner liked my work and encouraged me. That was the first time someone outside of my family acknowledged my work.”
Peri Schwartz went on to receive her BFA from Boston University in 1973 and her MFA from Queens College in 1975. Through the years Schwartz has worked in a broad range of mediums.