Michael Mazur: Monotypes, Drawings, Paintings, 1983–1985

February 5–28, 1986
Beaver College Art Gallery


An exhibition of recent works by nationally known artist Michael Mazur opens at the Beaver College Art Gallery in the Spruance Art Center on Wednesday, February 5, 1986. Mazur will be on campus to discuss his work at 4:00 PM that day in the Little Theatre, adjacent to the Gallery. An opening reception in the gallery follows from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The public is invited to attend both events free of charge.

This exhibition continues the Visiting Artist Program at Beaver College, which provides one-person public showings that have included artists such as Lee Krasner, Alex Katz, Katherine Porter, Robert Morris, Alice Aycock, Rafael Ferrer, and Elizabeth Murray, to name a few.

Nature is the source of Mazur's imagery in the series of monotypes, drawings, and paintings to be shown from February 5–28. All completed during the last two years, these landscapes are elevated to heroic proportions both in their sheer physical size — monotypes that measure 6 feet by 12 feet — and in their transformation of nature.

"The works evoke a distinct calm, under which lies an unsettling turbulence," explained Beaver College Gallery Director Zina Goldsmith. "His rich and varied use of color dramatizes these forces of nature and contributes to the complelling quality of the work."

"Mazur is perhaps best known as a master printmaker who employs innovative techniques on a grand scale," Goldsmith said. "The monotypes and prints in the show attest to his full power in the medium. In addition, he constantly draws from nature, gradually evolving themes through charcoal and pastel. Through this process, tree limbs and branches are ultimately transformed into an image of power and suggestive, symbolic energy."

"Mazur takes the tradition of landscape painting and, through his adventurous use of realism, confronts and extends the issues of contemporary art," said Goldsmith. "The show provides an exceptional opportunity in the Philadelphia area to seed this comprehensive body of work by an artist who is gaining more and more prominence on the national scene."

Mazur's work comes to Beaver College through the courtesy of the Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, and the Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston. Mazur's lecture is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; the exhibition is supported by the Forum Committee and the Department of Fine Arts at Beaver College.


A native of New York, Mazur now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which, along with Wakeby Lake, Cape Cod, forms the source of his inspiration. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the Yale University of Art and Architecture. His art has been exhibited in one-person and group shows throughout the country and internationally, including at: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium; and most recently at the Arts Club of Chicago. His works are also held in the public collections at most of these institutions, as well as at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Harvard University, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.