Saul Rosenbaum doesn't care if you look at his fantastically quirky drawings - Philly


Oct. 3, 2016 12:08 pm

Saul Rosenbaum doesn’t care if you look at his fantastically quirky drawings

But you probably should. Indy Hall Arts is honoring the Bucks County artist by showcasing hundreds of pieces of his art this First Friday.

A taste of Saul Rosenbaum's work.

(Gif by Sean Martorana)

What if everyone worked on their trade the way artist Saul Rosenbaum works on his drawings?

“I don’t care if any of them get attention at this point. I’m just going to keep doing it,” the 51-year-old Neshaminy Valley resident said in a recently-released artist profile video. “If nothing else, people will say ‘Wow, you have a lot of crappy art.'”

For his commitment to artistic exploration and his active involvement in Old City-based art community Indy Hall Arts, the Bucks County-based Rosenbaum was tapped to be featured in the first art exhibit at Indy Hall’s newly-inaugurated space.

Seldom Serious: An Otherworldly Illustrated Experience by Saul Rosenbaum is happening this Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and, according to its producer, Indy Hall Arts organizer Sean Martorana, it’s an exhibit that’s also a celebration.

“I invite all of you to grab your family, friends and neighbors and witness the hundreds and hundreds of drawings and paintings that will be on display and for sale,” Martorana said in an email.


The evening will also double as a launch party for Rosenbaum’s upcoming coloring book, edited by Lanternfish Press, called Other Worlds. Attendants will have a chance to interact directly with the artist’s creations by coloring — both in the book and a large-scale canvas (whoa).


For Indy Hall founder Alex Hillman, the credit of going first is well earned for Rosenbaum.

“Saul is prolific,” Hillman said. “He’s a storied, talented, genuine human being that I’m proud to have known for as long as I have. Having this as the first show in our new space is perfect: it’s all about celebrating something that’s taken a long time to get good at, while simultaneously creating an entirely new experience.”

But if any of Rosenbaum’s chops earned him a lil’ shindig honoring his artwork, it’s his commitment to the craft itself. Here’s a profile of Rosenbaum directed by Sarah Prasuhn — with collaboration from the Indy Hall Arts collective — that best describes how Rosenbaum, a formerly a full-time web developer, developed his work ethic:

Though the six-minute video yields plenty of press-worthy lines, we’ll leave you with this one, which basically applies to anything you do in life:

“The process is what I like. The sitting, the inking them, the painting them. Once they’re done, I don’t need it anymore,” Rosenbaum said, adding “I can bake bread too but no one’s paying me for that.”

Companies: Indy Hall
Projects: Indy Hall Arts
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