Frederick Mershimer
American, born 1958



Zanatta Editions is pleased to represent Frederick Mershimer to its museum and private collector clients. With more than three dozen individual prints in stock, this broad selection of his mezzotints presents a retrospective overview that includes many of the artist’s most sought-after images. In addition to these prints, Joe Zanatta Contemporary Art has been honored to be able to offer rare pencil studies made by the artist in preparation for some of his most famous prints. Also available are several monotypes by Mershimer, showing a more painterly approach to imagery similar to his approach in paintings.

Frederick Mershimer resides in Brooklyn which, along with Manhattan, provides him with many of the New York City scenes that ultimately lead to the paintings and prints for which he is recognized.

Born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and raised in nearby Sharon, the artist received a BFA in painting and drawing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Mershimer also studied at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Graphic Center and Manhattan Graphics Center.

Mershimer is a highly recognized practitioner and teacher of mezzotint printmaking, a labor-intensive process that produces rich blacks and subtle grays. The artist is one of a handful of printmakers who have mastered the mezzotint technique, which he says is somewhat of a lost art. Mershimer has taught at the New York Academy of Art, Cooper Union, and the Manhattan Graphics Center, where he is a past treasurer and board member.

Frederick Mershimer’s prints, drawing and paintings have been in numerous one-person and group exhibitions over the past thirty-five years in the United States and across the globe (in the past decade alone his work has been shown in France, the Czech Republic, India and Russia, and throughout the U.S., from Los Angeles to New York, from Florida, to Arkansas, to Washington State).

Mershimer has twice been selected to produce the annual print for the Cleveland Print Club.

The artist’s work is in the permanent collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Arts, Fogg Art Museum, McNay Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New York Public Library, RISD Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and numerous other public institutions, university museums and private collections.

Mershimer and his mezzotints are featured in numerous books on printmaking, particularly when the process of mezzotint is the subject. The Winter 2017 issue of “Drawing” magazine profiled and interviewed Mershimer as part of a “Printmaking Today” section, with four of his mezzotints illustrated along with a photo showing him burnishing a plate. A catalogue raisonne of the artist’s prints, “Frederick Mershimer: Mezzotints 1984-2006,” was published by Stone and Press (New Orleans, 2007).

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Frederick Mershimer at the press pulling an impression of one of his mezzotints.

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