Carol Wax
American, b. 1953

Artist, Author, Teacher


Carol Wax originally trained to be a classical musician at the Manhattan School of Music but fell in love with printmaking. Soon after she began engraving mezzotints she was asked by the renowned print dealer Sylvan Cole to exhibit at Associated American Artists Gallery, launching her career as a professional artist/printmaker. With the publication of her book, The Mezzotint: History and Technique, published by Abrams, 1990 and 1996, Carol added author and teacher to her credits. In the ensuing years she has expanded her repertoire of mediums beyond printmaking into other works on paper and painting.

Recognition of Carol’s art includes an Individual Support Grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc., two Artist Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Concordia Career Advancement Award from NYFA, The Louise Nevelson Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and residences at The MacDowell Colony and Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program.  A selection of the many collections that own her prints are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York and Boston Public Libraries, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, and The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Artist’s Statement

My imagery is inspired by commonplace objects that I perceive as sentient or mystical.  I’m especially fascinated by vintage appliances or devices with organic forms that I exaggerate to evoke fantastic creatures or monuments. Or, in the same way seventeenth century Dutch still-lifes allegorically symbolized the impermanence of life and beauty, I may render outdated machinery as icons representing the transient nature of technology and consumer trends, contemplating how perceptions of objects evolve from state-of-the-art, to artifact, to art. 

I work in several mediums including drawing, pastel, painting (oil, gouache, watercolor), and mezzotint engraving, the medium for which I’m best known.  Working mainly from models, I combine observation with distorted perspectives, dramatic lighting effects, exaggeration, stylization and imagination to develop my compositions. Sometimes I stage elaborate dioramas, suggesting surreal narratives that consider the humor and menace inherent in our possessions and how they manifest our personal mythologies. In this way, I investigate psychological relationships with the material things we create, covet, consume, and cast away. 

Gallery Affiliations

CONRAD R. GRAEBER FINE ART, a private dealer in Maryland, specializes in 19th and 20th Century prints and drawings, also represents a select group of contemporary printmakers.  Member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association. Open by appointment. Box 264, Riderwood, MD 21139  410-377-6713

DAVIDSON GALLERIES, located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, handles works on paper, paintings, and sculptures. Print department specializes in both contemporary and historical prints. Member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association. 313 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104  206-624-1324

THE MEZZANINE GALLERY at THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, represents select artists whose prints are in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028  212-570-3767 e-mail: 

CHILDS GALLERY, exhibits American and European paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, including contemporary prints. Member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association. Located at 169 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 617-266-1108


STONE + PRESS GALLERY, operating out of New Orleans, is back on-line after their post Katrina hiatus. A member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association, they focus on artists working in traditional printmaking techniques, particularly contemporary mezzotint engraving.  Open by appointment. 504-237-3124 

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