I am a realist painter. I have been influenced by artists including Michelangelo, N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, David, Degas, Van Gogh, John Singer Sargent, George Innes, Hiroshige and Hokusai.
My mentors and teachers encouraged me to "draw what I see, paint what I know," so my work has always focused on the people and landscapes I know very well.
Since much of my professional career centered on film, video and still photography, my studio work is strongly influenced by years of viewing the world through camera lenses and editing millions of photographic images. When I work from life, however, I usually paint directly, that is in the alla prima or premier coup style, in order to capture the energy and drama of people in motion.
- Laurence Mach
Laurence Mach began drawing and painting the figure from life at age 13. Below his photo is his first drawing from life done of another student in his seventh grade art class.
His work has won many prizes, hangs in private collections worldwide and has been exhibited in the National Academy of Design Museum, the Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, The Edward Hopper House, Nyack, N.Y., and the Montclair Museum Yard School of Art, Montclair, N.J.
Mach's one-artist show, "One Hundred Views of the National Academy School," presented 65 paintings and 35 drawings of artists and models done from life at the National Academy.
He studied painting and life drawing with Hugo Lutz and David Kwo at Upsala College; with George Schwacha at The Art Center of the Oranges; with Robert Kohls at Montclair State University; with Gil Riou at the Montclair Museum Yard School of Art; and with Dan Gheno, Nicki Orbach, Costa Vavagiakis, Janet Wentworth and Alex Zwarenstein at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, New York City. He is a member of a figure-drawing group headed by Anthony Panzera, N.A.
Mach continued to paint and draw during graduate studies in film and television at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied cinematography with Beda Batka and still photography with Paul Caponegro and John Szarkowski.
He honed his compositional skills while producing and directing films, videos and multi-image slide/sound presentation in the audio/visual departments of AT&T Bell Laboratories, Armstrong World Industries, and Bose Stereo and as creative director/group manager of the audio/visual department, Polaroid Corporation.
As manager of communications at M. Grumbacher, Inc., Mach directed the art material company's extensive program of art competitions and awards and managed nationwide arts education programs, live and televised.
Mach is partner and creative director of Laurence & Susan Mach Creative Services, a communication consulting firm established in 1986.