Susan Schwalb is one of the foremost figures in the revival of the ancient technique of silverpoint drawing in America. Most of the contemporary artists who draw with a metal stylus continue the tradition of Da Vinci and Dürer by using the soft, delicate line for figurative imagery. By contrast, Schwalb’s work is resolutely abstract, and her handling of the technique is extremely innovative. Her current drawings juxtapose a wide variety of metals (silver, gold, brass, copper, platinum, pewter, bronze, and aluminum) to obtain soft shifts in tone and color. Horizontal bands evoke an atmosphere of serenity, and the shimmer of light on the surface, created by the metals, is quite unlike any of the usual effects of metalpoint. Her work is represented in numerous public collections, including: The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; The National Gallery, Washington DC; The British Museum, London; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Kupferstichkabinett.Berlin, Germany and The Brooklyn Museum.