About Meyer Sherman

Meyer Sherman (1929 - 2013) was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 1, 1929, the first baby born in NY that year.  The youngest of four, he grew up in a tenement apartment, drawing on paper bags his mother would bring him.  His formal artistic training would come later.  After serving his country in the Korean Conflict, he earned his Bachelors of Arts at Wichita State University on the GI Bill.  He was the first in his family to achieve a college degree.

 

Initially pursuing a career in commercial art in New York, he developed some of the techniques that would influence his entire career.  However, finding the work creatively constraining and too irregular, he chose to continue his education at New York University, attaining a Master's in Education.  It was at NYU that he met, and would later marry, Naomi G. Ullman, also pursuing her degree.  They shared a creative life together for 55 years, having a family with two sons, Barnet and Jonathan.  The family lived in England for a year where he studied for and earned a Master's in Ceramic Design at the Staffordshire Institute of Technology.

 

In the over 600 works he created during his lifetime, he expressed his creativity in numerous mediums.  Experimenting with various styles, his primary focus--and personal favorites--were ceramics, water color, pen and ink and pencil.  His watercolors were presented at numerous showings, including the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club in New York, where he was extended membership. Influenced by his surroundings, his travels across the United States and the world, including France, Turkey, China and Newfoundland, were reflected in his works both in content and style.

 

His work reflects his unique ability to capture the inner emotion of the subject, be it a man, woman, event or locale--and evoke an emotion in the viewer.  In that, his work rises above mundane reproduction; it grasps the essence of what it truly means to be an artist.

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