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Artist Work

May 2009
Oil on Canvas
12" x 18"
Adam and Eve
Acrylic, ink pencil, cardboard, canvas , mixed media, collage on a plywood support.
w 50 " x h 79"
Cardboard, wood, acrylic paint and collage with cigar box
w 9.5" x h 14.25" x d 2"
Little City
Low fired red and white clay
w 8.5" x h 10" x d 4.5"
Love is Complicated
Acrylic and oil on Canvas
w 36" x h 36"
Study of a model in an old chair
Acrylic, pencil, ink and charcoal on wood panel
10 X 10"

Artist Information

Baltimore County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Between My work is marked by with duality. It defines who I am, how I live, and how I see my world and my work. I work between margins defined in many ways: between utility and imagination, between words and pictures, between drawing and painting, between architecture and art, between building and image, between personal and universal, between memories and dreams, between wonder and wander, between Judaism and the other world, between family and self, between belonging and loneliness, between husband and father, between friend and brother, between Cezanne and Guston, between process and play -- between idea and feeling.

Artist Bio

Biography Steven Hoffman Shapiro has been working as a artist since 1980. His work explores various aspects of abstraction, the figure, narrative expression and architectural themes. He works primarily in oils and acrylics but also explores a variety of three-dimensional media, including clay and wood constructions. Like many artist his drawings and monoprints serve as explorations for larger works. Shapiro's paintings, drawings and three-dimensional works have been exhibited in Alabama, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Venice, Italy. He has contributions in several private and corporate collections in the United States, including Johnson and Johnson and AT&t in New Jersey, and in the permanent collection of the Venice Biennale Architecture Section. Commissioned works include a series of paintings for the Chapel of the Archbishop Spalding High School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and several works for the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland. He has an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Masters of Architecture from Yale University. He was an artist in residence at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, Maryland from 2002 until 2005 and currently teaches art at Loyola Blakefield School in Towson, Maryland. Shapiro resides, with his wife and daughter, in Pikesville, Maryland. His studio is on Clifford Street in Baltimore.