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Sheila Marbain 1927-2008

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.

Sheila Marbain Prints with Duda Penteado


  1. wrote on June 9th, 2011 at 6:38 am

    David Smith

    Shiela was an extrordinary artist who enjoyed shring her knowledge with others. While living and teaching in Maryland, I contacted her about her wax printing process. She graciously invited me to her studio in New York to collaborate and learn her process. The day was mgical and the work produced among my favorite expressions. She was a wonderful letter.

  2. wrote on March 24th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Edgar Soberon

    Sheila Marbain was a dear friend, a gifted printmaker, and all around artist. I had the good fortune to spend many hours working with along side her, first as an assistant and later as an artist and collaborator.
    I am a painter today thanks to her support and encouragement.
    She is greatly missed by everyone she touched with her kindness, knowledge and encouragement.

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