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Phyllis Sloane earned her BFA from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Industrial Design. The abstract expressionist movement in the 1950s heavily influenced Sloane’s work early in her career. Like her Carnegie Tech classmate and friend Roy Lichtenstein, she gravitated towards more representational work in the 1960s and was strongly influenced by the Pop Art movement at that time.
Around this time Sloane acquired an old printing press that she refurbished and thus began her life-long love of and experimentation around printmaking. She initially started working with cork cuts and silkscreen techniques. Sloane drew great inspiration especially in her printmaking from Henri Matisse’s late works with their broad blocks of bold colors.
Sloane continued to develop her printmaker’s craftsmanship and was influenced strongly by Alex Katz and Will Barnet who shared her interest in depicting the female figure. Stimulated by move to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the late 1970s Sloane broadened her work into cityscapes and still lives and began to work more extensively with other printmaking techniques and watercolors.
Sloane’s achievements included over 20 solo shows including a 2004 retrospective at the Las Vegas Museum of Art. Her work also is in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art and in numerous private and corporate art collections.
There have been several major publications relating to Sloane’s art including The Art of Phyllis Sloane by H Daniel Butts III in 1996, Phyllis Sloane Retrospective Exhibition by James Mann, The Printmaking Techniques of Phyllis Sloane by Robert Bell in 2004 and Bold & Brilliant–Phyllis Sloane’s Pop Portraits by Christopher L. Richards in 2014.
Phyllis Sloane died in 2009 having devoted over 60 years to producing thousands of works of art as a print-maker, painter and watercolor artist