Seymour Remenick (1923-1999)

Seymour Remenick (1923-1999). Oil on canvas measures 12 x 24 inches in custom gold foil frame. Depicted is a scene in the Manayunk/Conshohocken area. The image plane is all about Remenick’s skill at conveying depth. At left we have an imposing masonry wall. As the eye moves right, we encounter a space where a clear line is demarcated: city meets undeveloped, natural land. The landscape recedes, but at extreme right, a figure approaches. We move in and out of space consequently, and are reminded of Remenick’s talent for making a small painting seem so much larger than it really is. Signed lower left. Absoluely no damage or restoration. Very clean condition.



Seymour Remenick was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 3, 1923.  He studied art at the Tyler School of Fine Art 1940-1942, the Hans Hoffman Art School 1946-1948, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  His preferred medium was oils.  Remenick painted in styles embodying both abstraction and realism, and it is said that his career is a “quietly stubborn revolt against the prevailing trends of his student days” and that “he has proven that a quiet voice can be heard in a vociferous age.” From 1977 to 1996, he was a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy.

His primary subject is landscape, but he also paints still lifes, figures, and portraits. He began his career as a follower of Hans Hoffman, Abstract Expressionist. However, he realized that the supposed freedom of that style was also very confining, because it was prescribed by the art establishment that resisted rebellion against it.  He felt that the proponents had denied themselves much of the rich material of the real world in their devotion to mood, colors, and shapes. 

Remenick enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy for more traditional painting, and his admiration turned to other artists, many of them Old Masters, including Rembrandt, Velasquez, Bruegel, Corot, Turner, and Eakins.  His subjects include city scenes of Philadelphia and its suburbs, mills along Schuykill River, as well as New England coastal and town scenes including New Bedford and Gloucester.

He has much tangible evidence of his success as a painter including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in 1955, the Benjamin Altman Landscape Prize from the National Academy of Design in 1960, and a Hallmark Purchase Prize in 1960.  He was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician in 1980, and a full Academician in 1982.

He exhibited at the American Painting Exhibition, Rome, Italy 1955, at the 4 Young Americans, Rhode Island School of Design 1956, at the 11 Contemporary American Painters, Paris, France, 1956, at the Art Institute of Chicago 1961, at the Drawing Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art 1965, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1968, and at the Pearl Fox Gallery, Melrose Park, Pennsylvania 1970s. 

His work is represented in  public and private collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Remenick died on December 15, 1999 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Birth place: Detroit, MI

Addresses: Philadelphia, PA

Profession: Painter

Studied: Tyler Sch. FA, 1940-42; Hans Hofmann Sch., 1946-48.

Exhibited: Am. Painting, Rome, Italy, 1955; 4 Young Americans, RISD, 1956; 11 Contemp. Am. Painters, Paris, France, 1956; AIC Ann., 1961; Drawing Show, PMA, 1965; PAFA Ann., 1968; Pearl Fox Gal., Melrose Park, PA, 1970s. Awards: Louis Comfort Tiffany Found. grant; 1955; Benjamin Altman Landscape Prize, NAD, 1960; Hallmark Purchase Award, 1960.

Work: PMA; PAFA; RISD; Phoenix Art Mus.; Dallas Mus. Contemp. Art.

Comments: Preferred medium: oils.