February 14, 2004 by

Syd Solomon


Categories: Artists

Syd Solomon, an Abstract artist whose paintings hang in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, died on Jan. 28 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86.
The Pennsylvania native studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He served in the Army during World War II, and earned the Bronze Star for his efforts in the Battle of the Bulge. After he returned to the states, he and his wife, Annie, moved to Sarasota, Fla. There he began to paint in earnest, drawing inspiration from the seascapes surrounding their home.
During the 1950s, Solomon helped make Sarasota a nationally known artists’ colony, one frequently visited by writers and directors such as John D. MacDonald, Elia Kazan, Betty Friedan and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. He also taught art at the city’s New College and served as director of its Fine Arts Institute since 1964.
Solomon’s bold, colorful abstracts hang in numerous venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and Israel’s Tel Aviv Museum.

6 Responses to Syd Solomon

  1. P.Farrell

    Mr. Solomon’s oil-Arena, has followed me around the World,…it was purchased in Jacksonville Fla. in 1968 I cherish it, I adore it….It is the last thing I see at night, and the first thing I look at in the morning. It takes up almost my entire bedroom wall! Arena, has grown to be a part of my life…through pain, and happiness, always the same, giving off such feelings of warmth and comfort..We were all blessed with his magnificent Art…and honored that he shared it with the world!

  2. Michael Dull

    I had the honor of providing care for Mr. Solomon during the last weeks of his life at the assisted living facility where I worked as a CNA in the Alzheimer’s unit. He was a gentle man and passed away peacefully. The thing I will remember most about him were his enormous hands and fingers. I used to hold his hands in mine as we would listen to the radio and wonder how these hands, which seemed better suited for a block mason, could produce such beautiful art. Unfortunately, I have only seen his work on the internet. I hope to some day own one of his paintings.

  3. Sean

    I remember the long hot summer days in Sarasota on Turtle beach where one of Syd’s houses was located. Noah (Syd’s grandson) and I would swing the door like canvases through the collection of paintings in the seconday just awe-struck. Truly impressive.

  4. louschwartz

    when i was growing up in pittsburgh we would go see aunt edith and uncle jack in uniontown. and they would talk about there kids one an artist and the other with the f .b. i. aunt edith was so proud of her boys. i inhearited from my father some artist prints that i will cheerish .as well of the memories…… rest easy cousin bob……

  5. Cousin Steve

    I remember the man more than the artist, especially the summer he visited with us at,Harvey’s Lake, outside Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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