The Old Print Shop

Susan Pyzow

b. 1955

Susan Pyzow was born in the Bronx, NY and currently resides in Manhattan.  She received her BFA from the Cooper Union in 1976 and her MFA from Buffalo University in 1978.  Her work has been exhibited in galleries an museums such as; The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and The Spencer Art Museum in Kansas, and has been awarded prizes or grants from The Vogelstein Foundation, The American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, The Federal Reserve Bank, and The Joyce Dutka Foundation, and The National League of American Pen Women.  She is also listed in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who of American Women.

"Often the subject matter for my prints presents itself to me during my daily walks.  Depending on my frame of mind, the impulse for an etching may be driven by a myriad of sources; observing and contemplating an individual in a specific environment, the dramatic play of light, dark, and shape, or the textural, structural, and ornamental aspects of architecture.  After the initial scene strikes me, I then strive to organize formalistic aspects such as composition, values, and line quality to convey my responses to what I've seen.”

“I have chosen to concentrate on hardground technique with this body of prints.  As a young student, hardground was the first technique I had ever used to make an etching and I was an instant fan.  Over the subsequent years I became familiar with and utilized a variety of intaglio techniques, was amazed by the versatility of the medium, and then decided to go back to the hardground line.  It had been intriguing for me to revisit hardground at a more mature phase of my life, enabling me to discern the nuances of the technique and to continue to enjoy the challenges it presents."