About the Artist

Born in 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, Lawrence Schloss earned a Master of Arts from the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, Washington Square. He is an abstract sculptor of stone and wood, with special emphasis on the creation of sculptures with Judaic-related themes. Schloss is owner of Lawrence Schloss Sculptures, Inc., Centerport, New York.

Lawrence Schloss is Founder and Director of the American Guild of Judaic Art’s Mentoring Program in the Judaic Visual Arts for Secondary Education Students. He served as Treasurer on the Executive Board of Directors: The American Guild of Judaic Art from 2012-2014.

Schloss is a Fellow Artist with the international Judaic art organization AGJA_logo_150x150The Jewish Art Salon and an exhibiting artist with the American Guild of Judaic Art .

As an active and vibrant sculptor, Schloss is an Artist Member of the Artist Alliance of East Hampton, the Guild Hall, The Art League of Nassau County, The Art League of Long Island, The Art Guild of Port Washington, The Huntington Arts Council, and The National Art League, Inc.

Schloss has exhibited in group shows in Long Island, N.Y. at the Huntington Art Council’s Main Street Petite Gallery and The Heckscher Museum of Art Website. He has exhibited extensively in group shows in The American Guild of Judaic Art On-Line Exhibitions.

I am an abstract sculptor of wood and stone. The sculptures originate from one-man-boulders of marble, granite, canyon rock and river rock purchased from a local landscaper (the boulders are given that name because they can be carried by a single person, one at a time). All of the woods are felled limbs of trees from the North Shore of Long Island. My sculptures of stone and wood speak to the inherent beauty and power of these materials. The sculptures often take months, some even years, to complete. The process I use to create my sculptures is deeply personal and often physically demanding; sculpting rock and wood into powerful aesthetic statements requires absolute devotion to each cut. Every one of my sculptures grows from my imagination; I never draw a sketch before sculpting. The entire array of my portfolio is organic,–each sculpture is created at the exact moment that I sculpt. When I begin a new piece, I begin a new part of my life. When I finish a piece, that aspect of my life is gone.

Sculpting wood and stone has taught me undying respect for their natural beauty. When I cut into them, I feel I am cutting into time.

– Lawrence Schloss

See the Artist’s resumé here.

Please visit Lawrence’s webpages at:
Jewishart.org
Jewishartsalon.org
AAEH.org
Nationalartleague.org
Artleagueofnc.org


Lawrence Schloss interview by PBS WLIW TV, ARTS BEAT, Long Island & New York Metro Area, October 2016