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b. 1942, United Kingdom

Sylvia Snowden Biography

Sylvia Snowden has developed a singular body of work spanning six decades, which is characterised by a visceral and sculptural application of paint in which colour and texture emerge from densely-worked under-layers. Working in series, Snowden's work aims to depict the struggles and triumphs of humanity and dispel the societal myths that are used to push us apart.

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Sylvia Snowden holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Howard University, Washington, D.C. where she studied under James Porter, Lois Maillou Jones, James Wells, and David C. Driskell. She received a scholarship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, and has a certificate from Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, France.

Snowden has taught at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Howard University (Washington, D.C.), and Yale University, New Haven, CT, and has served as an artist-in-residence, a panelist, visiting artist, lecturer/instructor, and curator in universities, galleries, and art schools in the United States and internationally.

In 2021, Snowden had solo exhibitions at Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, and Parrasch Heijnen, Los Angeles. In 2018, Snowden's work was notably featured in the landmark exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960-Today at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. alongside fellow Howard University alumnae Mildred Thompson, Alma Thomas, and Mary Lovelace O'Neal. Snowden has also exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY; and the National Archives for Black Women's History (NABWH) of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site (MAMC), Washington, D.C.

Text courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery

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Green III by Sylvia Snowden contemporary artwork painting
Sylvia Snowden Green III, 2020 Acrylic on canvas
72 x 48 inches
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Green I by Sylvia Snowden contemporary artwork painting
Sylvia Snowden Green I, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
243.8 x 121.9 cm
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Green V by Sylvia Snowden contemporary artwork painting
Sylvia Snowden Green V, 2021 Acrylic on canvas
274.3 x 121.9 cm
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Green II by Sylvia Snowden contemporary artwork painting
Sylvia Snowden Green II, 2020 Acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 121.9 cm
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