Somewhat reminiscent of Wayne Thiebaud's paintings of California's tangled freeways, this is an ink drawing with touches of white gouache, 8 1/2" by 11" (13 3/4" by 15 3/4" as professionally mounted and framed in a light ashy wood), signed at lower left and dated there "Aug '01"by noted, recently deceased California artist ZOLITA SVERDLOVE (1936-2009). This monochromatic drawing captures the essence of the California freeway and its mark on the landscape so familiar to millions. Sverdlove painted for over 50 years, in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and the central coast, in oil, watercolor, and graphite. A Texas native, after attending Cooper Union, she studied with no less than Richard Diebenkorn, at the San Francisco Art Institute. According to a website devoted to her career in fine art, she executed more than 2,000 drawings. Sverdlove passed away only fairly recently, of melanoma, having evidently worked even into 2009. Her legacy lives on in her beautiful works which capture the essence of the California scene. Her works are to be found in a number of museum collections nationwide. The drawing is in excellent condition and is ready for the wall.
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