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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 4: Fall 2015
Visual Arts: Paintings [R]

Five Paintings

by Howard Skrill

There are so many wheels of fire in the world and so few people painting them.


Green Water with Ice Floes, by Howard Skrill
Green Water with Ice Floes (1994)
Acrylic on paper; 21x29 inches

Copyright © by Howard Skrill. All rights reserved.


Pylons with Puffy Clouds, by Howard Skrill
Pylons with Puffy Clouds (1994)
Acrylic on paper; 22x29 inches

Copyright © by Howard Skrill. All rights reserved.


Radio Towers, by Howard Skrill
Radio Towers (1995)
Acrylic on canvas; 26x33 inches

Copyright © by Howard Skrill. All rights reserved.


Three Towers, by Howard Skrill
Three Towers (1995)
Acrylic on canvas; 22x38 inches

Copyright © by Howard Skrill. All rights reserved.


Warehouses from the Highway, by Howard Skrill
Warehouses from the Highway (1997)
Acrylic on paper on canvas; 22x30 inches

Copyright © by Howard Skrill. All rights reserved.


[Note: The paintings reproduced here are from Skrill’s series entitled “Thru Works,” created in the 1990s when he was focusing on the urban/industrial landscapes of New York, particularly Lower Manhattan, and the highways, swamps, and towers of northern New Jersey.]

Howard Skrill
Issue 4, Fall 2015

received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts from Queens College, CUNY, and now teaches at St. Francis College in New York and Essex County College in New Jersey. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons, and recently completed a year-long project, the “Anna Pierrepont Series,” his drawings of public statuary which he calls “plein air appropriation” (see also first link under “More on the Web” below).

Earlier education includes a Fine Arts degree, and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Painting and Drawing, from the State University of New York, Purchase College. Skrill also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Antioch College. While at Antioch, he explored Buddhist philosophy and culture in Northern India, where he studied with a Tibetan traditional painter and engaged in a painting project that took him from West Bengal on one side of the subcontinent to Rajasthan on the other side.

Skrill’s art has been exhibited throughout the northeastern United States, including in Washington, D.C. and in a one-person show in Maryland. To learn more about the artist and his work, please visit his blog:

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Plein Air Appropriation: Revised Artist Statement, a blog entry by Skrill dated 13 June 2015 in which he describes his Anna Pierrepont Series; includes URLs to four slide registries where his works appear

Civic Virtue, Skrill’s pictorial essay about a sculpture created by Frederick William MacMonnies nearly a century ago, The Triumph of Civic Virtue Over Unrighteousness; essay appears in Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts and Letters (Volume 4, Issue 1/2, Fall 2014/Spring 2015: pages 18-31), St. Francis College

Elemental Conversations: Howard Skrill, by Mikaela Shea in 3Elements Literary Review (1 November 2014)

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