Howard Skrill
Medium: Painting and Drawing

Studio Location:
300 7th Street
Studio # 3

Phone: 6462458345



Artist Bio:
Howard Skrill is an artist, and art professor at St. Francis College and Essex College in Newark, NJ. He lives with his wife and one of his two adult sons in Brooklyn. His work has exhibited from St. Francis College, Bronx Community College, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Wheaton College and Holy Family University. He has also shown at the Safe-T gallery and the Kumon pop up space in Brooklyn and Chashama in Manhattan. His pictorial essays and other works have appeared in publications worldwide and are included in two major thematic exhibitions on political art in 2018.

Artist Statement:
Howard Skrill draws and paints figurative public statuary in NYC for the Anna Pierrepont Series
The series explores the inconstancy of memory and the often unhappy fate of public monuments that maroon the past in the present. Howard rolls a Whole Foods cart jammed with art supplies, a folding chair and a Bristol pad (and recently canvases and an easel) throughout NYC to document extant public monuments (and occasionally their absences) to explore the fractured nature of personal and public memory and the past bleeding into the present in the form of these monuments with the present reacting towards them with indifferently or with revulsion. The pictures are augmented with text that extends the project beyond the works themselves and has resulted in a pictorial monograph, Damnatio Memoriae, (the Damning of Memory), that surveys the destruction or relocation of public monuments for political purposes that has left their debris in the
cemeteries, public plazas and museums of NYC.
The project applies plein air appropriation. Plein air drawings record the constant changes of light and color upon things ideally encountered out of doors. When encountering a public statue,
Howard unfolds his chair, lays out his materials in dirty piles and represents the object emerging from the light and shadows of its surroundings. The images are appropriations because the subjects are customarily created by other artists.
The project is named for Anna Marie Pierrepont, a grand dame of 19th century Brooklyn
interred in one of the most magnificent tombs in Greenwood Cemetery. Howard has recognized in
Anna's strident efforts to maintain her memory, something of the hapless Ozymandias and his trunkless legs of stone in the vast desert of Shelley's poem.

All images and text copyright Howard Skrill