An exhibition of new paintings by Tony Schwab, a thirty-eight-year resident of Teaneck, opens February 1 at the Teaneck Public Library. The exhibition of colorful and dramatic acrylic paintings will be on display through February 28.
A self-taught painter, Schwab has shown at the Brooklyn Museum, Ridgewood Art Institute and in NJ galleries. The current exhibition features paintings of his wife. “For me, there is no more inspiring person than Deborah,” he says, “and my work now is an appreciation of her in all moods, dancing, walking in town, reflecting, even as a child in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.”
Schwab began his career as an actor in New York and Los Angeles. Upon moving to Teaneck, he was profiled in the Suburbanite as he became a freelance teacher of drama, creative writing and visual arts in Teaneck schools. Schwab received the first Teaneck Children’s Foundation Grant and won the New Jersey Recreation Award for his “Together” drama improvisation program for families and went on to teach literature and writing in New York City schools for 10 years.
In Bergen County he is known as coordinator of the Dwight Morrow Alternative High School in Englewood and teacher of English and assistant principal at Rochelle Park’s Sage Day. He retired in 2017 as principal of New Alliance Academy, a private school for teenagers with anxiety and depression.
Summing up his artistic experience so far, Schwab notes, “I started out in the ‘70’s painting huge abstractions. Then life was more about ideas. But the more people I interacted with, including my wife and children and now their families, and the more I felt Teaneck as home, the more I wanted to paint as evocatively as possible what was right in front of me.”
Contact: Tony Schwab, 201 692 9504/ cell 201 739 7521, firstname.lastname@example.org