Bio and Artist’s Statement
Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1968, Tom Mazzullo earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1990, and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1993. He has exhibited in national competitions, in curated museum shows, and in professional and experimental galleries all over the United States. His drawings have won awards, and he has work in the collections of major museums, including the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. Tom has taught at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and at the University of Denver. He currently offers drawing workshops at the Art Students League of Denver.
The drawings are done in silverpoint, an old drawing medium which uses a stylus made of soft metal to draw on specially-prepared papers. After a few years the silver begins to tarnish, and the drawing takes on a warm, dark luster. All of his work begins with observation, and all of the drawings are done from life.
"Drawing is a process of discovery, and time spent with a subject is time spent learning about that subject. Drawing is more than copying, or preparing for a bigger artwork, it is a manifestation of the mental picture of a subject, as individual as a thumbprint."
His drawings aim at beauty, balance, and perfection, trying to provide a counterpoint of calm reflection in a world overrun with chaos, noise and brutality.
Tom (on the left) giving a drawing demo at the Denver Public Library’s Montbello Branch