Bio and Artist’s Statement


Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1968, Tom Mazzullo earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1990, and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1993. He has exhibited in national competitions, in curated museum shows, and in professional and experimental galleries all over the United States. His drawings have won awards, and he has work in the collections of major museums,  including the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. Tom has taught at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and at the University of Denver. He currently offers drawing workshops at the Art Students League of Denver.

The drawings are done in silverpoint, an old drawing medium which uses a stylus made of soft metal to draw on specially-prepared papers. After a few years the silver begins to tarnish, and the drawing takes on a warm, dark luster. All of his work begins with observation, and all of the drawings are done from life.

"I love drawing for its capabilities of directness and finesse. In my work I start with real objects, such as scraps of paper twisted and folded into shapes or zoological mounts, in order to make simple, elegant works that evoke balance and a love of observation. I also embrace the Postmodernist idea of reference — all the work I do looks backward to Renaissance drawing and adapts those styles and ideas to produce new work. One reason I work in silverpoint is to declare these references more directly. In addition, the paleness and precision of silverpoint allows me to work slowly, spending time examining the subject then bringing it to life gradually, in subtle, exact tones. Like artists of 500 years ago, for me the challenge of observational drawing is to understand and appreciate nature; I never work from photographs because I believe the time spent directly with the object itself is a path to realization. A drawing is not a picture, in other words, it’s a journal."

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Tom (on the left) giving a drawing demo at the Denver Public Library’s Montbello Branch

© Tom Mazzullo 2017