Robert Ernst Marx may live in western NY but his work reaches far beyond Rochester. His etchings, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and rare book rooms both here in the United States and in other countries. Marx has a BFA in painting and an MFA in printmaking. He has taught at many institutions including SUNY Brockport before he retired in 1990. Brockport is where I met him and studied printmaking under him.
Read his artist statement here and below.
Marx shared how he works on another site. He works on 20 - 25 paintings at a time, often taking years to complete. He walks into his studio each morning, and looks through the unfinished canvases and pulls one out. He says most paintings are 4-5 layers of paintings, because he sands them down quite often. He says it took him 20 years to figure out what he wanted to do with figures.
When I studied printmaking he was doing figures with tall oval shaped hats on a very dark aquatint background. He called many of the results that were returned after he pulled a print, “gifts.” Working on an etching or any type of print process is very different than working on a painting. You can see what you are painting and how it will look. Not so with the printing process, you never know if a scratch, a blotch, or a beautiful line will show up after you roll the plate through the press. These are the “gifts” Marx was referring to and these gifts are one of the many reasons I’m drawn to printmaking.
Below are some sites where you can read about the work of Robert E. Marx and view his work
Artist Studio: Robert Ernst Marx
The Art Out There
Asheville Art Museum
This book is being purchased by the Art Division about Robert Marx and his work