About The Artist
Carolyn Schlam was born in the Bronx, New York. Post college, she studied painting and drawing at the studio of Norman Raeben in the Carnegie Hall Studios in New York. Schlam then moved to her own studio down in the village called “The Women’s Workspace.” The loft Schlam worked in was rented by the women of “Radical Feminists” and included artists of all types. When Schlam first joined, men were not allowed to visit. Later, she changed that policy but kept the workspace for women only so they might have that “room of their own.”
In the 90’s, Carolyn Schlam studied at Urban Glass in Brooklyn and became fascinated with that medium. In addition to painting in oil and drawing from life in ink, she has done quite a bit of work in collage, and has sculpted in clay and wood. Schlam has lived and worked in Miami, Florida, and Taos, New Mexico. In 2017, Carolyn Schlam moved to California to become a resident artist at Studio Channel Islands.
Carolyn Schlam’s work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums, as well as publications. In 2013 Schlam was a finalist in the Smithsonian Portrait Competition, and her painting, “Frances at 103” was exhibited in the National Gallery for a year and subsequently acquired by the Museum. Schlam has pieces in other private and public collections and continues to donate work to institutions.
Carolyn Schlam now devotes herself to writing and speaking on art. She is represented by Susan Schulman Literary in New York. Schlam teaches and mentors when she has the opportunity. She is a lecturer occasionally on cruise ships and this enables her to see the world. Carolyn Schlam’s current art practice is focused on oil and collage.
About The Artwork
Carolyn Schlam is a visual artist working in ink, oil, glass, collage, and mixed media, as well as a published author. Her artwork is primarily figurative. Her published books include “THE CREATIVE PATH: A View from the Studio on the Making of Art” (Skyhorse, 2018) and “THE JOY OF ART: How to Look At, Appreciate, and Talk About Art” (Skyhorse, 2020). Carolyn Schlam is currently at work on her third book, to be titled “The Zen of Art.” She explores portraiture in its many aspects-- Traditional, in which appearance and character is foremost; Expressionistic, in which the inner life is heightened, and Stylized, in which the image becomes iconic. Schlam paints the topography of the human figure like a landscapist, draws the structure of forms like a still life artist, and renders the tones of skin and fabric like an abstract artist. For her, it is all present in the figure.