Sunday, August 11, 2013
A new Sharon Merkur and an Ebay art recommendation for you!
The large print on my bookcases in the living room is by Sharon Merkur.
Yesterday, I found another Sharon Merkur print listed for $90 on kijiji. I offered $50 and the seller agreed. Last night, my husband drove to East York to pick it up.
Anyways, there are two Sharon Merkur's on ebay right now. Click here, and here.
I think Escarpment III (first one) is gorgeous! The starting bids are $37 and $47...I am going to watch these items. I got my eye on you! Oh man! They only have 2hrs left! Hurry! (They will probably be re-listed...or email and negotiate!)
I don't know much about the artist*, and I can't vouch for whether this is an investment...but I love her work.
*From OCAD Fall 2004 Newsletter:
"PRINTMAKING SCHOLARSHIP WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
From an early age, Sharon Merkur (’73) loved drawing and painting but pursued an art education only after starting her family. She enrolled at the College in 1960, studied for three years and, after a break, returned to the College in 1972 to finish her final year and graduate in 1973. A passionate printmaker, Merkur created a complex reductive woodcut technique. Sharon ran her own gallery from 1975 to 1978, promoting printmakers and painters.
Wendy Cain, Chair of OCAD’s Printmaking program, recalls working with Merkur as students in the 1970s. “I can still remember how she made her prints sing. Her use of colour and overlays created some of the most luminous prints I have ever seen.” On learning in 2002 that she had cancer, Merkur told her family and friends that she wanted to leave a legacy that would help someone else to pursue a career as an artist. Over the last two years, her family and friends endowed a fund to support the Sharon Merkur Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to a third-year student for mixed-media printmaking techniques that include woodcut.
Sharon Merkur died in September 2002. This past June, her wish to make a difference in a young artist’s life came true when the scholarship in her memory was awarded for the first time to Nigel Nolan.