As many of you know, Stewart has cancer and is currently spending his last months in hospice. He would love to be surrounded by his family now, and this fund would allow his children who do not live near to be financially supported to join him there during this time.
A little about Stu…
A wonderful, hands on father for all four of his children, Stewart naturally generates a spirit of creativity and becomes part of the fabric of the community wherever he lives. Wearing his characteristic, paint-splashed overalls, which hint at the work always in process in his studio, Stewart is known for celebrating the lighter side in both life and art.
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Stu’s first influences came from his father, a painter and wood sculptor who carved intricate dioramas of lush scenes. Later, Stu attended Pratt Institute and the Art Students League of New York, later he attended Art Center, and went on to receive his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California.
In his Masters thesis, entitled "Animals in a Children's World," Stewart expanded on his approach of creating art with the simplicity, naïveté, and curiosity of a child, coupled with the knowledge of an adult.
In 1976 Stu and Lelia were married in Los Angeles in the art studio of her father, a notable ceramicist in Venice, California, and went on to have their four children.
In the late 1970s, Stewart earned huge success when he released many of his images in poster form, which helped reinvigorate the poster market. Millions of his posters have sold worldwide, and Simon and Schuster published four of Moskowitz’s children’s books, three of which have recently been re-released on Amazon.
Stu’s work became especially popular in Japan in the early 1980s; he maintained copyright licensing deals for his work’s distribution there, and traveled to Japan regularly for decades. He has been celebrated in museum and gallery shows in Tokyo, Hakone, and Osaka.
After twenty-six years of living in Topanga Canyon in Southern California, Stu and his family relocated to Northern California in 2002. Stewart’s kind and playful spirit and generosity with his art and talent, have touched many people in both communities, along with others who don’t live close, but love him and his art.
Stu & Lelia now have 2 grandchildren, Kayvan and Layla, along with their children Tia, Myla, Sachi and Louie. Tia, like her father and Lelia’s father, Michael Frimkess, also attended the Otis Art Institute, and Sachi, who is just graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute, is currently collaborating with Stu in bringing his latest art pieces to fruition. Myla is an active member of the local community, helping Stu bring his art to fairs, events, shows and galleries. Louie is an accomplished photographer and has been documenting Stu’s creative process.
Even while in hospice, Stewart continues to create, ingenuity leading his heart as he shifts to new mediums. Instead of painting with airbrush, he is now manipulating smaller photographic images while in bed, building them as models and collaging them to create a layered perspective.
Stu’s singular eye and affection in connecting with others have characterized the seventy-five years of his innovative life. He sends a huge thank you to all of the people he knows personally or through a relationship with his art who have inspired, challenged and enriched his path. With great gratitude he acknowledges the gift of walking this journey together.
To continuing with grace in these months ahead, full of love.