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Sylvia Bokor

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Kicking Up Her Heels by Sylvia Bokor Kicking Up Her Heels

Limited-edition Prints

A Pal Good and True  by Sylvia Bokor A Pal Good & True

Oil on linen

Mesmerizing Views by Sylvia Bokor Mesmerizing Views

Oil on linen

Arrival by Sylvia Bokor Arrival

Oil on linen

Design for Spring by Sylvia Bokor Design for Spring

Oil on linen

Poolside Chat by Sylvia Bokor Poolside Chat

Oil on linen

Pewter Pitcher by Sylvia Bokor Pewter Pitcher

Photo print

Ascent of Man by Sylvia Bokor Ascent of Man

Limited-edition prints on canvas

Central Park Lake by Sylvia Bokor Central Park Lake

Oil on canvas
In private collection

Mind Over Matter by Sylvia Bokor Mind Over Matter

Limited-edition prints on canvas

The Greatest Invention The Greatest Invention

Oil on linen
sold

Tomorrow Today
by Sylvia Bokor Tomorrow Today

Limited-edition prints on canvas

Water Lillies by Sylvia Bokor Water Lilies

Oil on linen
sold

Beginnings by Sylvia Bokor Beginnings

Oil on linen
sold

Thank You, Mr. Edison by Sylvia Bokor Thank You, Mr. Edison

Oil on canvas
sold

An interview with Sylvia Bokor... Owning a Work of Art — an article by Sylvia Bokor...

About Sylvia Bokor ~

"I fell in love with commercial illustration when I was a kid. When I was 16 I decided that I wanted to be an illustrator. However, due to financial and other difficulties I did not actually start my studies until I was 30. At that time I was in NYC where I found the best art teacher in the world: Frank J. Reilly. I got a production job in publishing to put myself through night school. During the two years remaining to Mr. Reilly, he advanced me rapidly from drawing to painting to competition work. I won honorable mention in a city-wide poster contest during my first year with him. After he died, unable to find a comparable teacher, I continued my night school studies virtually unaided for the next three years. I entered several shows in New York City, winning first place at a Catherine Lorillard Wolfe competition the first year after quitting night school, and a gold medal from Grumbacher for "excellence any medium" that same year.

"But I wanted time to do commerical illustration. So, I quit exhibiting and prepared a portfolio for that purpose. Happily, my first time out with a portfolio presentation netted me a cover. I did covers for about 5 years. But the stories I was asked to illustrate were not the romantic dramas of my youth. I withdrew from paperback illustration and went into technical illustration. I was hired to do a book for Reader's Digest — for whom I also did a magazine illustration for one of Erma Bombeck's stories. I free-lanced for them for six years, doing gardening and how-to illustration, i.e. illustration which showed men how to make and repair things. Meanwhile a gallery in North Carolina repped me, and I put together a one-man show for myself in Soho. In addition, I showed a few paintings now and then to small groups on the east coast. At my last small show, I sold everything except one painting that had gotten slightly damaged in transit.

"Years ago I had planned that at a certain age I'd leave commercial illustration and move out west to develop some painting ideas. In my first year absent from New York City, however, I completed a job for Reader's Digest, a 6'x4' commissioned piece and lectured on art in Boston, Washington, DC and Toronto.

"At present, I finally finished the manuscript for Conquering the Third Dimension, a discussion of the history of painting. It is not the usual kind of history of painting wherein the author discusses who painted what when. Instead it's a much-needed examination of the evolution of painting ideas and the implicit philosophical principles that guide every representational painter. In the history of painting, Conquering the Third Dimension is unique. Soon, I will begin to look for a literary agent and/or publisher."