Stewart Siskind has been intrigued by the elements of printed matter since he worked as an art director. His love of the medium has inspired him to breathe new life and meaning into discarded material by creating collages from torn paper that resonate with bold graphic structures and subtle psychological undercurrents.
Inspired by design, fashion and architecture, each collage is hand crafted with rich color and infinite precision. The found materials recycled into the composition create a lively exchange with new dimensions. Shapes and patterns that emerge are like puzzle pieces arranged to create encounters between figure and ground.
The juxtapositions of disparate elements can be both amusing and disturbing.
The artist has completed a series of drawings, many inspired by his collage work. Using one of the simplest of mediums, graphite, building layers of texture and rich tone, Siskind’s drawings take on the look of mezzotints.
Stewart Siskind earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and did postgraduate studies in design and color theory at New York University and Parsons School of Design. His work has received numerous awards for art direction and design, has been published in professional journals, and is in the permanent collections of The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A native of Brooklyn, he currently lives in Manhattan and is constantly inspired everywhere in New York City.