Mortimer Borne

American/Polish , 1902 - 1987

Printmaker, painter, sculptor, and educator - Mortimer Borne was born in Rypin, Poland, on December 21, 1902. In 1916, during World War I he emigrated to the United States with his parents. He went on to study art at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, the Beaux-Art Institute of Design, and with Charles Webster Hawthorne, founder of the Cape Cod School of Art. He was a teacher at the New School for Social Research in New York City from 1945 to 1967. As a teenager in Poland, Mortimer Borne won a national school competition with a sculptured head of Peter the Great. His printmaking career started in the mid-twenties with a group of drypoints of New York City, and in 1930 his work was recognized by Frederick Kepper & Co. who began representing him. Mortimer Borne's work is in the permanent collections of many museums, but his largest holding is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which has over a hundred images. Mortimer and his wife, Ray, lived in Nyack, New York, for fifty years. He was a dedicated artist who produced a large body of prints and paintings. He also sculpted from wood collected and donated from around the world, but upon his death only a handful of completed sculptured pieces remained. Most are in museums and private collections.
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