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"Farm on a Hill"
"Stone Church in Winter"
with a Teacup"
Sid Solomon was born in Springfield, he spent his early years
in Worcester, Mass. In high school, his first prize-winning entry
in the Service Clubs Essay Competition led to a scholarship to
the Worcester Art Museum for three years, culminating in a graduation
certificate, and an Art career spanning more than forty years.
three years of Army service and a year teaching Art, he became
a portrait painter in South Florida. This experience was followed
by further study with nationally-known portraitist and teacher,
Edmund Archer, at the Corcoran School in Washington, DC. As a
part of his course of training, he copied Rembrandts and other
old masters in the National Gallery. He also taught at the Corcoran,
and for the U.S. Veterans Administration, as well as painting
a number of important government, military and industrial leaders
and their families. After three years in the Nation's capital,
Mr. Solomon traveled through the East and the South, painting
portraits of over a thousand persons at art festivals. During
this period he continued his studies and attained proficiency
in many areas of arts and crafts, which enabled him to become
a Director in the Army Arts and Crafts Program of the U.S. Department
extended leave from his government teaching position permitted
him to return to graduate school where, after nine years of intense
concentration, he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in
Art Theory and Criticism by the University of Georgia. While completing
the requirements for this degree, Mr. Solomon worked as Director
of Arts and Craftshops for the 7th Army Training Command in Grafenwoehr,
Germany. He had the advantage of travel and study in the major
art centers of Europe, and, as a result, his doctoral dissertation
broke new ground in defining the concept of aesthetic quality
as used in criticism.
1980, Sid Solomon has maintained a studio in Worcester, Mass.,
where he continues to improve his understanding of drawing and
painting the human figure at weekly sessions of the Worcester
Life Drawing Group, which he coordinates. He has, in addition,
become a prolific plein aire painter of the colorful New England
landscape in all its seasons, including the depth of winter. He
says, "A good portrait painter can paint anything."