Today we’d like to introduce you to Miriam Dubinsky.
Hi Miriam, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am a painter and printmaker running a small art business in Denver, Colorado. I am originally from Vermillion, South Dakota. I was adopted by two amazing people in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Richmond District of San Francisco in a diverse family and neighborhood helped shape my path towards pursuing a life dedicated to the arts. The Richmond district acted for me as a springboard of inspiration. My favorite spots in the neighborhood still include the Moscow Tblisi Bakery on Geary Boulevard and walking to get dim sum on Clement Street. Being able to indulge in walking through my neighborhood and the rest of the city taught me many things but most importantly to observe and take note of my surroundings and helped me develop my visual awareness, later on informing my drawings and paintings and the spaces that I create within them. In my twenties, I moved to Chicago to study at the School of the Art Institue of Chicago and fell in love with printmaking. Since this time I have been making prints and printed materials in conjunction with my paintings.
In Chicago, I fell in love with zines and artist books and other printed ephemera. The community of comic artists and illustrators is strong and inspiring in Chicago and especially their zeal for self-publishing and creating their own exhibition spaces in their homes. The methods for making and disseminating zines and artist books from artists directly to the community opened a door for me and showed me how it was possible for me to share my art directly with the public. I moved to Denver in 2015 for a job opportunity and was able to continue collaborating with artists I had met while in Chicago. I self-published several zines as part of the collaborative Prism Pop and also a 32-page offset book with Walls Divide Press. I continue to design, screen print and sell my own zines, artist books, paintings and prints through art festivals, art book stores, independent galleries and online through my webshop.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I decided to take the plunge into pursuing my art full-time in October 2021. For years I had been working various jobs in support of the arts without taking into consideration what I could contribute back to the community if I dedicated my time to making and sharing my own art. The transition of working full-time for an organization to becoming completely in control of my time and path forward was terrifying for me initially but has also become very liberating. Working with my own excitement to pursue and work on my small business has been key to my success but also learning when to say no to opportunities and how to safeguard my own time has been a learning curve.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a painter and printmaker specializing in hand-printed screenprints with painted details along with artist books and zines. I am known for my excited and gestural brushwork and joyful colors in my prints and paintings. I love making small editions of hand-printed screen prints. I work to share my love of screen printing and painting and hope that the colors and line work in my art incite a joyful experience for my clients and viewers of my artwork. You can find me selling my artwork at local craft fairs and arts festivals in and around Denver. Most recently I have been creating a new body of work of hand-painted and hand-cut paper collages. I am excited to showcase this new body of work in 2023.
What matters most to you? Why?
I hope the work I do helps spread joy. What matters most to me is pursuing life and in extension a career that supports my community, sharing the joy of art and making art.
- Instagram: instagram.com/miriamdubinsky