Sheila Marbain was a master printer who specialized in screen printing. She opened her first studio in 1955 which specialized in collaborative projects with contemporary artists. In the early 1960’s she began incorporating photo screen techniques and took on projects for artists such as Lichtenstein and Oldenberg that required printing on three-dimensional objects. She worked with Frankenthaler, Rauschenberg, Motherwell, Segal and Wegman, to name a few. In addition to her depth of knowledge of screen printing, she was known for her capacity to skillfully manage difficult people and situations.
We were introduced to Sheila, by Susan Fateh, in the 1990’s when she experimenting with a new technique of silkscreen monoprint that was able to capture the most minute hand drawn marks and gestures. She was exceedingly modest emphasizing primarily the talent of the artist she was working with rather than touting her skills as a printer. At the time of her death she was still working full time.