Press Release: Mark Schwartz Paints Masterpieces, One Stiletto at a Time: Short Film Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Footage of the Evocative Artist at Work.
Mark Schwartz Paints Masterpieces, One Stiletto at a Time:
Short Film Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Footage of the Evocative Artist at Work.
LIGHTNING RELEASES: Tampa, FL(4/15/2014)— Mark Schwartz’s new short film High Heeled Art: Extraordinary Paintings of Shoes provides a glimpse into the artist’s process and equally alluringcreative world. The behind-the-scenes footage of Schwartz bringing his famous stiletto paintings to life is as mesmerizing as the artwork itself. We follow the brush’s journey from first stroke to finished masterpiece, all the while observing the inspiring process of a renowned artist creating his most personal works of art to date.
60-second version: http://youtu.be/uE_kSQeU9GQ
2 minute: http://youtu.be/4e2kGwDeK0o
The long-celebrated protégé of Andy Warhol gathers inspiration not only from the women he captures, but also from the intimate, and often sensual, relationship they have with their favorite footwear. One of Schwartz’s most expressive pieces featured in the film matches his client Joyce Echols’ bold and dynamic personality. His painting of Echols’ high-heeled pump expresses her strength and power while highlighting her lushfemininity—by capturing the spirit of the woman behind the shoe, Schwartz elevates it into art
“Painting for me is a great escape. I have always found shoes to be the most interesting of all accessories; I’m always looking for different approaches to the shoe and the way I express it on paper. The initial design or ideas happen quickly in my mind and sometimes linger for days, weeks or months before I spill them out. I work with liquid watercolors and inks: sometimes I paint with the eye dropper straight on to the paper, other times I use a brush to achieve a very fluid effect… like a watercolor left out in the rain.”
– Mark Schwartz
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Schwartz’s longtime celebrity clients (including Oprah Winfrey, Sharon Stone, Katie Couric, Madonna and Natasha Richardson) hold a personal fascination for his insightful, evocative and playful works, some of which are displayed in the longer format film.
About Mark Schwartz
The painter and shoe designer apprenticed under the distinguished fashion designer Roger Vivier. Through that relationship he was introduced to Andy Warhol, who became Schwartz’s biggest champion, encouraging him to explore the relationship between women and their shoes.
Schwartz’s portraits are an extension of the chic stiletto and sandal designs that he creates for top designers such as Gucci, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Cleo Bottier, Christian Lacroix and many other well-known design houses. Schwartz caters to a global clientele that includes both private and corporate clients. His new portrait series is currently available for commission starting at $1,500.