Laurie Sverdlove

In regards to her work...

"I am fascinated by the violence and cataclysms of nature as well as by the environmental destruction caused by humans. This group of paintings  juxtaposes the decay and ruin of industrial sites with the growth force of plant life. I use saturated color, intense mark making and spatial disruption to explore our pre-apocalpytic  landscapes, equal parts beauty and disturbance." - Laurie Sverdlove, from her website.

In regards to the artist...
"I was fortunate to grow up in New York City with a world of great art easily accessible.  As a teenager I studied at the Art Students League and spent my free time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Frick Museum.  Summers offered a different and equally compelling world.  For ten weeks every summer my family lived in a small Adirondack cabin.  There were few organized activities and from a very early age I was free to roam woods and rural lanes collecting plant specimens and learning their names.

This duality of city and country has continued to enrich my life.  I lived for many years in the Bay Area where I earned my MFA at UC Berkeley and spent a decade  working at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.  For three years I lived in the rural outskirts of Pune, India absorbing a new landscape and studying Indian miniature paintings.

In 2008 I moved to the small town of Randolph, Vermont.  I now devote  my time entirely to painting and am surrounded by great natural beauty.  I would have expected to be painting birch trees and rolling meadows, but life is quirky and I am painting the conflict between plant life and the often beautiful wasteland of industrial production and man made disasters.
" - Laurie Sverdlove, from her website.

M.F.A. University of California, Berkeley – Painting and Drawing
M.A. University of California, Berkeley – Painting and Drawing

One Person Exhibitions:
2018: Cosmic/Quantum, BigTown Gallery, Rochester, VT
2015: Laurie Sverdlove: New Paintings, White River Gallery, South Royalton, VT
2012: Wasteland: New Paintings,  AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2008 - '10: New Landscape Paintings.  University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
2004: In Time and Place, The Lobby Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996: American Landscapes, Plaza Gallery, Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco, CA
1990: Tornado Drawings, Mincher/Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1989: Delta Paintings, Gwydion Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1987: Weather Paintings, Khiva Gallery , San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2016: Toward Form, BigTown Gallery, Rochester, VT
2016: Sleight of Hand: Clay and Paint, Chandler Gallery, Randolph, VT
2016: Retrieval of the Beautiful, The Painting Center, Chelsea, NYC
2016: Selected Paintings, Galerie Reynard, Williamstown, MA
2014: Seven Women Painters, BigTown Gallery, Rochester, VT
2014 - '15: Contemporary Voices from Vermont, Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
2014: New Paintings, Galerie Reynard, Williamstown, MA
2014: New Paintings,  Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI
2013: Award Winners 1993-2013, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2011: World War I Paintings:  Korongo Gallery, Randolph, VT
2010: Summer Juried Exhibition:  AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2009: Into the Woods, Chandler Gallery, Randolph, VT
1997: California Landscapes: Paintings by Bruce Klein & Laurie Sverdlove,  Hewlett-Packard World Headquarters Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

Selected Corporate Collections:
Genentech, South San Francisco
Abbott & Company, Mill Valley, CA
University of  California Medical Center, San Francisco
UNOCAL Corp, Los Angeles
City of San Francisco
Fireman’s Fund, San Francisco
City of Oakland, CA
Bank of America, San Francisco
Friends of Recreation and Parks, San Francisco
ARTLINE, Palo Alto
McCurdy & Ku Law Firm, Richmond, CA
Christopher Emley Law Firm, San Francisco
Morphonix Company, Sausalito, CA

2014: Joan Mitchell Painting Award Nominee


"Art Review: 'Toward Form,' BigTown Gallery" - Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Seven Days
"Laurie Sverdlove: A Portrait of an Artist by Dian Parker" - Vermont Art Zine