MEOWchelangelo by Sabine Baeckmann
Sponsored by: Heart of Catskill Association
Description: I have to admit, that I’m a Renaissance Nerd – through and through! For two years in High School I was in an Independent Study program during which I did nothing but study and write about Renaissance art for an hour each day. “Meowchelangelo” is a bit of a reincarnation of that passion! Michaelangelo Buonaroti is one of my ultimate favorite artists. This kitty is a prime example of something he said long ago — “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” And to that Michelangelo said, “Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.”
Even if that sculpture is a cat that holds his paintings!
About the Artist: Sabine was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of five, settling in New York State. She’s always loved to draw and over the years, developed an interest in the medical and scientific branch of illustration. She is a traditionally trained in artist, majoring in medical and scientific illustration. Sabine received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts from Pace University, and did her Masters studies in Art and Art Therapy at New York University. She subsequently worked as an illustrator and designer in the medical and pharmaceutical advertising fields for over 30 years.
Equally pursuing her creative passion as a fine artist and teacher, Sabine’s work has been honored with awards over the years, and has been shown in such prestigious places as the Hudson River Museum of Art, at the Briarcliff Gallery at Pace University, as well as at the Andre Shellingburger Gallery in California. In addition, many of her illustrations have been published in medical journals and other advertising vehicles such as advertisements, brochures, research papers, books and videos.
After moving to Colorado, in June of 2002, Sabine exhibited for the first time at the Pagosa Springs CO Arts Council Gallery, and then had a one-woman show in September 2003, and again in 2010 with A. John Graves and their Animal Verses for Grown-Up Children book and illustrations. Her work has been in the calendars, commissioned public art events, several local and national galleries, as well as private collections around the country. Sabine has been a commissioned artist for several public art projects, including the 2005 San Juan Mountains Association Pumas on Parade project, the 2006 International Parade of Cows – Denver event, and the Cat’n Around Catskill project annually since 2007 (she is the most requested artist for this project, commissioned for 26 kitties to date!) Several years ago, she published a collaborative book, with author A.John Graves, a coffee table book of humorous adult animal verses, entitled Animal Verses for Grown-Up Children, which is for sale through her or online from Blurb.com.
As a career professional artist and designer, she is currently looking forward to opening her own co-op gallery together with her artist husband, Jim Bonavito in Angola-on-the-Lake, NY. She is currently teaching painting and illustration privately, and works as a graphic designer. Sabine currently serves as President of the Evans Art Guild. You can see more of Sabine’s work by visiting her website.
FineArtGallery: http://www.sabinebaeckmannart.com “Creating Striking Impressions”
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