Long Island and Catskill Mountain Painter Stuart Friedman
Stuart considers himself a regional painter. He currently lives in Long Beach, New York and Windham in upstate New York. His seascapes and landscapes are a direct reaction to his environment and how he interprets it.
His seascapes have a hint of the impressionistic style in the way he depicts light. Stuart feels everything in nature has a sound associated with it. Every painting should not only be a visual experience but the viewer should also be able to hear the scene…the sound of the seagulls, the crashing of waves, the howling wind in a storm or even the sound of silence.
Stuart’s landscapes are often of scenes that were painted by the original Hudson School Artists such as Thomas Cole and Frederick Church. Again, his goal is to capture light which can make any scene in nature a spiritual experience. Stuart has spent years hiking the trails in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Many of his landscapes are scenes he has come across on his hikes.
In addition to painting his favorite outdoor locations, Stuart also loves painting dogs. He has had shows in Long Beach and DUMBO Brooklyn featuring dog portraits and has curated dog art exhibitions. In fact, most of his commission work is for dog portraits. Since living in Long Beach, Stuart has also been experimenting with surf art and abstract collage which he has shown at boardwalk art fairs in Long Beach. Stuart is also on the Board Of Directors at West End Arts in Long Beach. This is a nonprofit arts organization that promotes community art activities and gallery shows in his community.
Stuart was born in East Meadow in 1954 and his family moved to Lake Ronkonkoma when he was 5. He started off college in Binghamton as an art major and ended up going to optometry school in Boston. Even though he loves being an optometrist he continued to study art with various New York artists over the years. He has shown his work in many New York galleries such as the Salmagundi Club, Prince Street Gallery, The Bowery Gallery, The Edward Hopper House Gallery, Greene County Council of the Arts Gallery, Woodstock School of Art Gallery, Woodstock Artists Association Gallery, The Art League of Long Island Gallery, The National Art League Gallery , as well as many libraries and coffee shops over the years. Stuart says that as an optometrist, he has enabled people to see the world more clearly, but as an artist he can show people how to see the world in a way they never saw before.
JURIED SHOW LIST 2004 to 2021 . 2021 Sunset Walk After The Rain, Long Beach Art League, Long Beach, New York, March, April Virtual Show, Winner Three Elements Of A Dream, Art League Of Long Island, Dix Hills, New York, "Land ,Sea and Sky" Honorable mention . 2019 Misty Morning Sunrise, Jeanie Tengelson Gallery, Dix Hills, NY "Stan Brodsky and Friends" . Solo Show 18 paintings - JCC Gallery, Oceanside,NY, "Land and Sea"
2018 . Spot, Beach Buds Doggy Day Care,Long Beach,NY "The Painted Pooch Show " . Surfing In A Sea Of Refugees, Gunfight On The Beach, Long Beach West End Library Gallery, "Endless Summer"
2017. • Solo Show, 25 paintings, Mineola Public Library, Mineola, NY, “Shelter Dogs And Surfers” • Solo Show, 16 paintings, West End Long Beach Library, Long Beach, NY, “Shelter Dogs And Surfers”
2016. • After The Last Patch of Snow Melts, Main Street Petite Gallery at Huntington Arts Council, “Conditions of Light on landscapes” • Mother Alaska , Osamabama Drama, GCCA Gallery, Catskill ,NY, “It’s All About Politics”
2015 . Green With Envy, Main Street Gallery, Huntington, NY, "Driven To Abstraction" Certificate of excellence award.
. Solo Show, Almondine Café, Dumbo Brooklyn, NY
2014 • American , National Art League, “84th Annual Juried Open Exhibition” • Funny Mushrooms And A Car Door, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery at the Art League Of Long Island, “Landscapes: From Metropolis To Arcadia” Stuart Friedman
2013 • Botanica1, Botanica 2, Sid Jacobson JCC, “Spirituality, the Self, & Community” • A Sunny Spot, Main Street Petite Gallery at the Huntington Arts Council, “Portrait Show” • Catskill Morning, National Art League, “83rd Annual Open Exhibition” 2012 • Self Portrait, My Studio in Port Washington, “Portrait Juried Competition” 2011 • The Magic Before Twilight, The Salmagundi Club, “Audubon Artists 69th Juried Exhibition” • The Apple Eater, Prince Street Gallery, “4th National Juried Exhibit” • Turtles, Fish And Cherry Blossoms, GCCA Catskill Gallery, “Big Wide World” • Snow Poetry, National Art League, “81st Annual Open Exhibition” 2010 • Coffee Addict, Huntington Arts Council, “Juried Still Life” • Daria, The Art Guild of Port Washington, “Face & Figure” • Self Portrait, Huntington Arts Council, “7th Annual Juried Portrait Show” • Waiting, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, “Far & Wide 2nd Annual Woodstock Regional • Drive- In , Windham Gold, Catskill Gallery, “Wish You Were Here”
2009. • Hudson Athens Lighthouse, Woodstock School of Art, “Banks Of The Hudson” , winner of the Phyllis DePaul Memorial Award • Waiting, Salmagundi Club, NYC, “2009 Juried Painting and Sculpture Exhibit” • Reggae Dancer, Veridian Artists, NYC, “20th Annual Juried Exhibition”
2008. • Horseplay, Woodstock School Of Art, “2008 Regional Exhibition”, winner of the Lasher Award • Waiting, Mountaintop Gallery, Windham, “Beautiful Green” • Bare Trees, Bare Trees 2, Catskill Gallery, Catskill, “Gardens and Trees”
2007. • Catskill Car Door, Salmagundi Club, NYC, “Audubon Artists 65th Annual Exhibition” • African Masks, Catskill Gallery, Catskill, “Beyond Borders”
2006. • Winter Tree, Catskill Gallery, Catskill, “Big Country” • Windham Horses, Bad Hair cut, Mountaintop Gallery, Windham, “Flora and Fauna” • The Art Of Silence, Nothing To Paint, Catskill Gallery, Catskill, “Mirror Mirror”
2005. • Solo Show- 31 paintings, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington NY, “Places, Spaces and Faces” • Bare Trees2, Spring Again, Casadesus Hall, Binhamton, “Alumni Art Exhibition 2005” • Old Rusty, Drive-In, Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery, “The Second Annual Members Exhibition” • Nice Hand, Art League of Long Island, “Out of Hand”
2004. • Drive-In, The National Arts Club, NYC, “Allied Artists of America 91st Annual Exhibition” • Man With Cane, Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, “Focus on the Figure 2004” • Lady on Red, Classical Art Gallery, Sea Cliff, NY “International Art Exhibition”