Karl Schwartz is a member of the Artists of the Gallows Run (2008 – 2014) - local artisans that exhibit their work annually in support of conservation. He has also exhibited at the World Trade Center in New York City.  His education includes training in figurative and portrait art, an Associates of Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. Awards include the Alexander Medal of Art while in high school and a grant by the faculty at Brooklyn College for his Master’s thesis.

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On drawing
by Karl Schwartz

My drawings are based  on what I see, know, and imagine - it's an activity of mind AND eye, but also intuition.

As it evolves it's
the relationships that count.  No single note or tone has meaning by itself.  

The root element is line, defining forms and spatial relationships. 

Look to Henri Moore - how his drawings carved space and described forms that he might later carve.

For me details may arise first, but are best when they arise last ... it's the larger forms that count.

The portrait is not about the number and length of lashes on the eye, it's the relationships of parts to whole ... in harmony with the sphere.

Details add when they are minimal and harmonize with the larger form.

 Rhythm also matters to me.  The wavy line, against an angular mark. 
... not by formula -- the curve that FEELS right -- in relation to what preceded it.

 The process of drawing abstracts the subject - simplifies it.  It's selective --showing what's important -- what contributed to the visual experience  -- what was felt about what is known about the form and structure of the subject. 

Nature is not black and white and made of lines. Drawing forces you to be abstract from the start.   

The task for the young artist is to develop a vocabulary that describes the basic forms of nature from the hatch marks of a pen- and then learn to speak, and eventually sing.

Contrary to popular belief, abstract art (to be called art) is disciplined,  structured, in harmony with rules of nature.  The mark out of step with the melody - apparent if seeing it freshly, honestly - can be hard to see.

The ability to copy nature requires skill, but it has little to do with art.

The artist will master the basic forms, seeing in the forms of nature the cube, cone, and cylinder in the table, flower, tree limb, or ear.

The landscape changes before our eyes as the minutes pass; as the sun shifts and leaves fall. What about it doesn't? 

"Things as they are, are changed upon the blue guitar"

~ Wallace Stevens





Recent drawings

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Nockamixon - clouds, trees, and water
2015, ink on paper

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Plant forms
2015, ink on paper

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Habit of the redbud
2015, ink on paper


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Cat bedding
2015, ink on paper

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2015, ink on paper

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inner landscape
1976, ink on paper

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2015, ink on paper



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Tea pot
2015, ink on paper

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Rolly Polly
2015, ink on paper

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Landscape forms - human and plant
2015, ink on paper

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1979, ink on paper

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Two heads
2015, ink on paper

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In opposite directions
2015, ink on paper

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Under my thumb
2015, ink on paper

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Deer ornament
2015, ink on paper

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Posing cat, pretending to sleep
2015, ink on paper

2014, ink on paper

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Fat cat
2015, ink on paper

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Fish vase, pointing the way
2015, ink on paper

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2015, ink on paper

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Garden under the moon
2015, ink on paper