Seymour Remenick was born in Detroit, Michigan and 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, where he also taught from 1977 until 1996.
His primary subject was landscape, but he also painted still life, 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 included 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 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.
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