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Sherry Camhy, Woman in Robe, Silverpoint, 36"x24," 2001
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About Sherry Camhy:
Drawing is central in Sherry Camhy's studio practice. Camhy is an artist, teacher, writer and lecturer. She is an instructor at The Art Students League of New York, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, all in New York City. Her work is in the collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana; The Israel Museum in Jerusalem; the New York Public Library; the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia; and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. Camhy curated The Silverpoint Exhibition in 2013 at the National Arts Club in New York City and the 2015 Silverpoint Exhibition at The Art Students League of New York.
Camhy believes that in the computer age, there is something pure about the beauty of an image created with a simple pencil. In addition to her passion for the pencil and graphite, Camhy has studied the ancient technique of metalpoint and often works in the medium. She has written, "Long before graphite was discovered and pencils were invented, precious metals were used to make finely detailed drawings on specially prepared surfaces. Metalpoint is a slow, difficult but elegant medium to work with. The darks and lights are not easily developed. The secret is in the formula for the preparation of the surface which will make the drawing visible, the lines permanent and long lasting."
Camhy has exhibited her work widely, including at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey; the Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York; the Arnot Museum in Elmira, New York; the Katonah Museum in Katonah, New York; the Parrish Museum of Art in Water Hill, New York; the Evansville Museum in Evansville, Indiana; the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York City; the Sherry French Gallery in New York City; and most recently at Ceres Gallery in New York City.
Camhy is the author of Art of the Pencil (Watson-Guptill: 1997), and she is a contributing author in Classical Life Drawing Studio: Lessons and Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing (Sterling: 2010). Articles written by Camhy, or about her work, have appeared in The Nude in Contemporary Art catalog (Aldridge Museum: 1999), FineArtConnoisseur, Drawing Magazine, the Journal of the University of Indiana, and LINEA and LINES, the online and print journals of The Art Students League of New York.
Camhy gives workshops in her studio in New York City, has given a workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and will be giving a workshop this summer in Burgundy, France. For more information about Camhy's work, please visit her website, www.sherrycamhy.com.