WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION (PART 1)
WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION (PART 2)
BIO & ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Born 1941 the Bronx NY
Studied SUNY at New Paltz 1959-62
Boston Museum Fine Arts School 62-63
Taught at NYU 1979-82 graduate program ,
NY School Social Research studio classes 1978-81
Studio Assistant to Ilya Bolotosky 1976 -1981
OK Harris 1963. Mass.
Howard Wise Gallery 1967. NYC
Graham Gallery 1967 NYC
AllanStone Gallery 1968- 82 NYC
Artwear 1972-80 NYC
Parker Gallery 1972 -81 NYC
Au Fon la Cour Paris 1975 -1979
Electrum Gallery London 1978-79
Monte Wade Galleries
Ruidoso , Santa Fe 1982 -2000
Jemez Galleria 1985-1998 Jemez
Eldridge McCarthy Santa Fe 1999-2005
Canon del Rio 2008-2018 Jemez.
Melet Gallery 2012- 2016 NYC
Caswhick Gallery 2006-10 Santa Fe
Collections include Alan Stone
Knox Albright Museum
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Among many others .
Having gone to an Art Education College at SUNY , my horizons were opened to many expressions of art . To this day I continue to sculpt marble , bronze , silver and gold . Also I work in in clay , and draw continuously . I paint pretty much every day , which is my main endeavor in the arts . After my first show with Alan Stone I was fortunately able to make my living through my art . My start with such great teachers at New Patlz certainly paved the way for my financial independence for these past 50 years . Thank you Monsieur's Karp , Woody , Bolotosky , Wardlaw , Green , Schuler and Matzdorf for teaching me so well , in so many venues of expression .
By Danny Campbell
Ed Samuels has seen it all. Growing up in the Bronx in the 1940s, Samuels was influenced by an artistic family who inspired him to pursue a career in art. His artistic journey started as a boy, but was taken further with his enrollment at SUNY New Paltz and subsequently the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Then came success in New York City, where his career took off. In 1982, he got in his 1964 Mustang convertible and traveled to Santa Fe, where he currently resides and continues to do what makes him happy. Samuels has so many experience to draw from, with city landscapes and skyscrapers, the beautiful Hudson Valley, and now at the breathtaking Santa Fe area. The experiences he’s had along the way have sculpted him into the man and artist he is now.
As a boy growing up interested in art, what did you find to be worthy of painting, drawing, or sculpting?
As a child, I remember picking up a piece of plaster and drawing on the sidewalk in the Bronx. That was my first memory of making an image. I was always encouraged by my aunts and uncles, who were art students themselves. In school, I haunted the art room, and even had private art lessons. Harpi Rosi was my instructor, a Hungarian artist who had me do designs for his work. My first commission was a drawing of Marilyn Monroe for a neighbor when I was 10. In high school, I learned everything my teacher could teach me.
How did you decide to attend SUNY New Paltz, and how do you think that influenced your art passions?
When the war broke out I wanted to sign up as a Navy fighter pilot, but my mother wouldn't sign the paper unless I took the last of the SAT tests. If I got a scholarship I would go to college. If not, I’d enlist in the Navy. I got scholarships to all three schools I applied to. I chose New Paltz because it was closest, and I was only 17 so I could hitchhike back and forth. I was in my glory when I first landed there, enthralled with each new concept and material. The arts almost blinded me with excitement.
Being that you were immersed in the culture of the ’60s and ’70s growing up, did the music have any influence on your work?
I hung out with so many artists of my period I can hardly remember who. The ’60s and ’70s were a fuckin’ pot of creation of new art formats. I was best friends with musicians like Adrian Guillery, so I got to meet and hang out with Frank Zappa, who was a real gentleman. I knew other musicians like Lightnin’ Hopkins; there were artists everywhere during the time.
What was it like working with Allan Stone, noted New York City art dealer and collector?
There was a mad man that was a student with me at New Paltz, Danny Basen, who haunted Manhattan for shows. He showed Allan some of my work, and Allan reached out to me asking me to bring some work to the gallery. Soon after bringing in my work, I got a call from him asking if I could get a show ready in two weeks. A dozen large charcoal drawings were framed and delivered, along with some jewelry and ceramics. He bought the show and threw in a New Yorker wagon so I would have dependable vehicle. Allan Stone was giant in the art world. He was a great man, always trying to help artists in so many ways. I wish I treated him better, but when I was young I didn't know any better. I was too caught up thinking I was the best.
How did your art technique and style change upon moving from New York City to Santa Fe?
Moving here to New Mexico was not too different from where I grew up in the Bronx. There were cliffs everywhere and wild areas for miles. The cliffs often reminded me of New York before reinforced concrete changed the face of the Bronx forever. This was a time before highways were built on the vast miles of beaches along the Hudson River, where I wandered as a child.
Considering your love for nature art, do you plan on ever returning to the New Paltz area to make new works?
I have returned to New Paltz, and intend to do so many times in the future. Recently, I painted the Black Mountain area just near Newburgh. Life is so full of beauty. If I lived to be 100 I still will have just scratched the surface of the possibilities of self-expression.
Throughout the years, what has been your most rewarding experience (or one of your most rewarding experiences ) in the world of art?
I doubt there's one aspect of my life in art that stands out more than others. Making my family proud with my success, teaching at NYU, and the many successes I’ve enjoyed have all been incredible experiences. But the main joy of all these years was the total disappearance into the act, and the surprise of what I accomplished in stone, silver, or mostly my paintings. That was the best of it all from the time as a child to a mature, successful artist I have been blessed to be.