Grandma Lena's Living Room
At 4 Schulman fearing for his life, packed his bags and moved in with his father’s parent who lived 2 blocks away. Safety at any cost would become a mantra travelling back and for the from the haves and the have- nots. Never to return home, this is a picture of Grandma Lena's living room, which doubled as a young artist’s bedroom. Painted at 14, this is the first oil painting by George Schulman. Sold to a friend of Cousin Freda , willed backed to Schulman after his death.
Schulman " War and Peace" 2015
Washington Heights Studio
Not thinking not to include his lifelong friend, teacher and mentor in his Documentary, Schulman brought the installation he painted live while friend and filmmaker Peter Mazzeo. Taking apart this large installation meant dismantling heavy hand made stretchers Schulman had bolted together. Accompanied by film maker and popular Huntington Long Island based musician, Peter Mazzeo and Debra Rothberg, artist, bthebuzz brand marketer and partner made an exodus to Washington Heights to film Knox Martin at his finest. On that very magical day, surrounded by art, artifacts and a parrot in a large white wrought iron cage with bright mid-day light streaming through large windows, found in west side apartments, the Master held court.
Classically trained, Contemporary Master Fine Artist, George Schulman is acclaimed for his stand alone, wildly colorful, kinetic, exuberant, and at times visually tense signature style.
During the 80’s and 90’s, New York’s most creative era, Schulman held his own in Museum and Gallery shows, alongside friends and mentors, including new to the scene Jean Michel Basquiat. He continues to teach, motivate and inspire a new generation of artists and fans by his ability to stretch the boundaries of fine art.
Creative and theatrical, drawing with white shoe polish on discarded brown paper, at age 4 moved in with his Grandparent 2 blocks form his parents. After another violent rage of his WWII returnee father, Schulman packed has bags and moved in with his Grandparents and never yelled at him
A mannequin for his Grandmother, a wedding dress designer and seamstress and Grandfather a Dapper suit maker and tailor, Schulman was given the freedom to explore his creativity, The alley behind their apartment lived a huge feral black cat with one eye Cocky Eye, the King of the alley cats, who he was only allowed to bring in the house after school til bedtime.
Across the alley was a sweat shop with rows of Spanish woman siting in their underwear in front of their sewing machines. Crawling thru the window in support a innocent Schulman would strip down to his underwear, became fluent in Spanish and learned how to sew and knew he was loved and safe.
Time spent away was usually on weekends with twin sisters 7 years his junior or his favorite 1st cousin Freda Diamond, 20 years his senior. The Martha Stuart of her era, the Designer and Consultant lived and worked at her 5th Ave Brownstone. Working at her side surrounded by Museum Masterpieces and Home Goods, A Listers and Innovators Schulman received honest reviews and commissions.
Immersed in the Art Industry historically during one of New York’s most creative eras, Music and Art High School and Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts, Schulman’s earliest collections were shown in 1 man and group shows in Soho, 5th Avenue Galleries and at the Whitney Museum of Art. Respected by his peers, as Gallery Assistant for the renowned Marlborough Gallery, Schulman visited the 20th Century Master Fine Artist studios of William DeKooning, Jackson Pollack, Larry Rivers, Mark Rothko and Basquiat.
Not feeling comfortable with an early his rise, feeling the need to evolve as an artist, then Manager for Jamie Canvas, a Soho Art Supply Store, Schulman struggled to find time to paint and find his own voice. Choosing a move to the Huntington Long Island home ownership rather than a Village corner building group buy, to keep a foothold in the Art Market, Schulman opening custom stretcher building company and began to teach.
Sacrificing family safety for a large studio, desperate for dedicated time, space and community Schulman began a 15 year exodus alongside a diverse and vibrant community of some of the world’s greatest artists. As a Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, Schulman’s could work large started to evolve.
Influences of Matisse’s and sparks from contemporaries John Walker, Bill Jensen and Gregory Amenoff, known for their painterly impasto brushwork, quirky forms and unfamiliar abrasive colors shapes and patterns inspired by floral motifs, Schulman’s paintings fluctuate between elements of mathematical logic and the harmony of Apollonian planning.
Using exaggerated forms, colors and textures not unlike the Synthetic Cubism of Picasso, and lifelong friend, teacher and mentor Artist Knox Martin, whose own work was transformed through the works of his elders’ the Action Painters, whose work exists in flattened spaces. Schulman’s unique exuberant abstract paintings are far from flat.
Shorelines Envisioned Through Artists' Eyes
New York Times August 4, 2002
By Helen A. Harrison
Shorelines Omni Gallery
333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Uniondale, NY
Surprisingly, only George Schulman, one of the eight artists in this group show, treats the theme in conventional landscape-painting terms. Far more interesting are the works that veer away from scenery and enter more subjective territory.
Life magazine 1954
“Designer for Everybody”
Freda Diamond enjoyed a highly successful, fifty-year career as a home furnishings consultant. From the 1930s through the 1980s, Diamond helped firms in many American industries to design affordable products for the mass market.
If someone you know set up housekeeping in the mid-twentieth century, they probably owned something -- cabinets, drapes, kitchen canisters, plastic furniture, tables, lamps, mirrors, rugs, drinking glasses, or window shades -- designed by Freda Diamond.
Exceptionally Good looking, white haired navy eyed small boy of 4, who had moved in with his Grandparent 2 blocks from his parents after another violent rage of his father, packed his bags and moved in with his Grandparents and never yelled at him. Well-mannered with white blond hair and navy eye, fortuitously Schulman caught the eye a childless much older 1st Cousin on his father's side Freda Diamond. The "Martha Stewart" of her era, a young boy was coddled by visiting Art and Design Elites, who regularly visited or babysat at the E.37th between Lexington and 3rd Brownstone, she worked and lived with her husband. Freda would insist, " To be a great artist you have to start with the classics and learn how to draw!"
This view of George Schulman's work was started in June 2014 was rounded out toward September, the same year and finished a few months ago. In the nomenclature of art with a capital A forgetting the huge umbrella that attempts to be covered by the word art and's gross misuse where all about. Everyone is taught to say this is art because I say so aimed at the deadbeats. It cannot tolerate viewing the work this any more than what they know. In the Meronym of Schulman's painting. There is dappled everywhere forms and touches, shapes, antecedent, a perpetual algorithm of senior and junior – – – – radiating light –an ancillary to an aspect of Mozart.
There are meanders clipped chords that balance and rhyme arrived at by a perception of an artist who is been vaccinated by anything that is true art and aspect of man, a portion of this is on a large figuration by Matisse and a Schulman esq thank you, John. Thank you streaky one. I don't know by then you are yes right now yes that you a chance break these in and other real no, that's another pair of that but that's my superlattices broken broken you history is in the very top. Those are the things trend's mammography. History??? Does not exist except in the present! – – –
Do gaze at the miracle of Schulman's work and marvel at the wave of aesthetics at large you are surrounded with, the sea of art that is perpetually fresh..
Freda Diamond | MoMA
SINCE EARLY YOUTH, SCHULMAN HAS HAD THE GREAT FORTUNE TO BEFRIEND, TAUGHT, MENTORED AND SERVED MANY OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CONTEMPORARY AND MODERN ARTISTS OF THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES INCLUDING JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, ROSS BLECKNER, ELIZABETH MURRAY, JOAN SCHNEIDER AND MANY OTHERS. A YOUNG EXHIBITING NEW YORK ARTIST, TO SUPPORT HIS CAREER SCHULMAN WORKED AS A GALLERY ASSISTANT FOR THE FAMED SOHO MARLBOROUGH, HERSHEL AND ADLER, BETTY CUNNINGHAM AND LEO CASTELLI GALLERIES. MARRIED AT 23, SCHULMAN CONTINUED TO SHOW AND MANAGED THE SMITHSONIAN LISTED SOHO JAMIE CANVAS ART SUPPLY STORE. SMITHSONIAN. LATER MOVING TO LONG ISLAND SCHULMAN OPENED SCHULMAN'S CANVAS STRETCHING COMPANY AND TEACHING AT THE HUNTINGTON ART LEAGUE FOR OVER A DECADE. TODAY HE SHARES HIS LIVING AND STUDIO TIME BETWEEN HUNTINGTON AND ARTSPACE PATCHOGUE.