PMW GALLERY


PICKER, HENRIETTE SIMON



Greensward With Cows and Houses    
acrylic on canvas
14 x 18"
2012





Landscape, Spain    
acrylic on canvas
27 x 40¾"
1989





Black Hill    
acrylic on board
21 3/8 x 25 5/8"
1983





Untitled    
oil and collage on board
8½ x 13½"
ca 1970





Houses    
oil on canvas
13 x 17"
1961





Untitled    
acrylic on board
13¾ x 11½"
1981





Yellow Boat    
acrylic on canvas
9¾ x 12¾"
2011





Untitled  
acrylic on board
10¼ x 18¾"
1983





Untitled    
acrylic on board
28½ x 22½"
ca 1970





Spanish Village    
acrylic on board
22 x 26"
1988





Seagull    
acrylic on canvas
9¾ x 12¾"
2012





Cool Cat    
acrylic on canvas
10½ x 8"
2012





Village in Spain    
acrylic on board
21¾ x 17¾"
1984





Riverside Drive    
acrylic on canvas
14 x 18"
2013





Planet of Cows    
acrylic on canvas
13 x 16¾"
2013





Last Bicycle Race of 2012    
acrylic on canvas
10 x 14"
2012





Jealous Cow    
acrylic on canvas
14 x 18"
2013





Cyclists    
acrylic on board
19 x 24"
2013





Emmeline    
oil on canvas
11¾ x 14¾"
1998





Six Trees    
acrylic on canvas
14 x 11"
2011





Birches    
acrylic on canvas

9¾ x 12¾"
2011




Windmill    
acrylic on canvas

14 x 11"
2011




After Sandy    
acrylic on canvas

14 x 10"
2012




Alicante    
acrylic on board

16 x 19"
1980




Untitled    
oil and collage on canvas board
6¾ x 9¾"
1970




Almond Trees    
acrylic on board
9 x 6½"
1994




Untitled    
acrylic on canvas
8½ x 11¼"
ca 1970




Resort    
oil and collage on board
9¾ x 6¾"
1978




Capri    
oil on board
6¾ x 16¼"
1973




Red Roof    
acrylic on canvas
8¾ x 10¾"
2012




Purple River    
acrylic on canvas
10¾ x 9"
2012




Primary Sailboat    
mixed media
17 x 20¾
1981




Ponte Vecchio    
acrylic on canvas
9¾ x 12¾"
2011




Sailboat    
acrylic on canvas
9¾ x 12¾"
2011




Bridge    
acrylic on canvas
13 x 16¾"
2012




Flight    
acrylic on canvas
16 x 12"
2012




Where is Everybody?    
acrylic on canvas
18 x 14"
2013




Horizon    
acrylic on canvas

12 x 9"
2013




Village in the Valley    
acrylic on canvas

10 x 14"
2013




Untitled    
oil on canvas
27½ x 31½"
1948




Nosegay    
acrylic on canvas
14¾ x 11¾"
2011




Barn in Snow    
acrylic on canvas
9¾ x 12½"
2012




House   
acrylic on canvas
10 x 13"
2011




River    
acrylic on canvas

11 x 13"
2011




Revenge of the Wedding Tree    
acrylic on canvas
14 x 18"
2012




Yellow Sky   
acrylic on canvas

12 x 13¾"
2011




Ballooning Shoe    
acrylic on canvas

13¾ x 11½"
2012




Red Shoes II    
acrylic on canvas
13½ x 11½"
2012









Artist's Statement

I started sketching in 1925 at the age of eight.  My early subjects were pencil portraits of my immediate family any member who would consent to sit still as long as it took to catch a resemblance.  Besides my parents and two siblings, there were cousins and aunts, but never uncles who spurned my efforts.  Intrigued by my grandparent’s wrinkled faces and age spots, they were my favorite models.

 

Ten years later, finished with my formal education, I entered The National Academy in Manhattan where, much to my regret, I was taught to draw Greek statues with their rigid heads and faces.  This caused my drawings, although true to the models, to lose their spontaneity, which it took many years to overcome.

 

After that I attended the Art Students League in Manhattan.  It was there that I learned a freer approach to paintings with my teachers, Alexander Brook and Louis Bouché.  After 2 years of night sessions, I was finally on my own, painting as I wanted to. My subjects were based on life experiences, stories of the times and my imagination.

 

For many years I lived in New York City with its skyscrapers looming over every city block, limiting the sun and hiding most of the sky. Further influenced by the Ashcan school, so popular during the Depression, my work then was done in somber colors. During the 1970’s and 80’s I lived in Spain before moving to Dutchess County. In both these so different places, to my delight, the sky and sun opened my eyes to the beauty of nature all around me.  It was then that I reveled in using every color in my paint box. My choice of subject matter dictates the technique with which I approach each painting. 

 

I hope that the viewer enjoys the results.


HS Picker
March 2013



Biographical Statement

Born March 28, 1917, in Jersey City, New Jersey, I studied art in Berlin, Germany, where my family lived from 1929  until Hitler’s election as German Chancellor in January, 1933, and then in New York City at The National Academy and The Art Students League of New York.  Driven by the need to support myself and my family, I pursued a successful shoe design career for 44 years.  Initially hired in 1935 as the first woman shoe designer at I.Miller, my resumé also includes designs for Mademoiselle, Palizzio, D’Antonio, Fox, Selby, Gran Sol and Enna Jetticks.  During the 1950s and 1960s I started and operated my own design and manufacturing businesses (Simone Fine Shoes to Match and Simone Fine Shoes) in New York and Italy.  I have continued to paint  throughout the nearly 10 decades of my life, but I was not able to devote myself exclusively to it until after the death of my husband, for whom I was full-time caregiver for more than a decade in the1970s and 1980s.  While my paintings were included in group exhibitions at The Art Students League a half century ago, and were shown on one occasion sometime later at the Silvermine Guild of Artists (now the Silvermine Arts Center) in Connecticut, I have actively sought to promote and exhibit my work only very recently, through a website displaying images of works created from the 1930s to the present, a solo exhibition in Hudson, New York in October 2012 and now through this retrospective exhibition at PMW Gallery, which will coincide with my 96th birthday.  My commitment to making art remains undiminshed and I continue to paint  every day with passion and joy.

 

 

EDUCATION         

                                    1929  - 1932                                 Fine Arts and Design

                                                            Paul-Natorp Oberschule                                            Berlin, Germany

                                                               

1935                                               Drawing

The National Academy                                               New York, NY

 

1940  – 1943                                Painting

The Art Students League of New York                    New York, NY

Student of Alexander Brook and Louis Bouché

Encouraged and mentored by Yasuo Kuniyoshi

and Philip Evergood

 

EXHIBITIONS 

                                    1940  – 1943                                Annual Student Group Exhibitions

                                                                                            The Art Students League                                           New York, NY

 

                                    October 6 - 26, 2012                   Solo Exhibition

                                                                                            The Hudson River Studio                                          Hudson, NY

 

                                    March 3 – April 14, 2013            Solo Retrospective

                                                                                            PMW Gallery                                                                 Stamford, CT

 

AFFILIATIONS          

                                    Lifetime Membership                 The Art Students League of New York                    New York, NY  

 

COLLECTIONS        

                                    Belinda Aber                                 Alex Chartove                               Ursual Oppens               

                                    Elizabeth Adams                         Mary Evangelista                         Michael Rohatyn

                                    David Berley                                 Frederick Golumb                       Mr. & Mrs. Howard Solomon        

                                    Barbara Carroll                            James Money                               Aryeh Lev Stollman        



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