Bio and Artist’s Statement


TOM MAZZULLO


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.

All of my work is done from observation, and each drawing is a record of the struggle to understand something about the specific object sitting in front of me. I pick subjects based on what they look like, with no concern for what others may want to see, and I spread out the work over a series of dozens of drawings of similar objects. Silverpoint is the main tool I use while drawing because it demands exact, patient work to produce anything good, and it offers a connection with those artists who first turned to the natural world to inform their work. I have always worked very simply in metalpoint by preparing medium-weight, hot-pressed paper with two thin coats of tinted casein, then working first in a light copper sketch, followed by cross-hatching in silver, starting over if any mistakes are made, and finishing when time runs out.


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

© Tom Mazzullo 2018