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Frances Hynes Bio

 

The June Kelly Gallery presents recent expressionist paintings by Frances Hynes, an artist whose lyrical abstractions reflect a radical redefinition of painterly space.  The exhibition, entitled Layers of Time, will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, on Friday, February 24 and will remain on view through April 4.

Hynes, inspired by wooded landscapes and rugged seacoasts continues to work from the pleasant memories she holds of sojourns in New England or along the coast of Maine.  With remarkable competence and ease she marries representation and abstraction in the same composition, allowing her to convey the feel of a place, rather than the actual look of it.  With deft blurring of line between abstraction and representation in response to changes in light and weather, as they play off the foliage of the woods or the tossing waves of the ocean, Hynesí paintings celebrate the rhythm of nature.

In Hynesí redefining of painterly space her paintings are not predictable.  They become metaphorically deepened surfaces that seem to visually speak like the thing they represent, still or slow moving water, as in Horizon.  Hynesí cleverly suggested architectural format of underlying lines, redefines the painterly space by treating the picture plane as a luminousness in which opposing vertical and horizontal forces form and reform themselves into optically mobile grids.

In another approach toward painterly space, Hynes diffuses luminous, optically thickened surfaces in which discrete forms exist in illusionary spatial locations as in Green Hill.  In this painting Hynes allows distinction between form and location to vaguely hold up.  The limits of the canvas do not define Hynesí compositions, but rather function as active space to observe painting coming into its being.

Borrowing from Lawrence Alloway, the critic to first use the term lyrical abstraction in the early 50s, works in which under the mask of discrete lyricism are most radical in their presentation are ones that are the sum of their discrete visible parts.  Alloway further suggesting that these paintings are ďradical,Ēexplain they make no use of the most persistent conventions of western art, the hierarchic ranking of forms.

Hynes, who lives and works in New York, received a bachelorís degree from St. Johnís University and a masterís degree from New York University.  She also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York.

Hynes has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. She is represented in many public and corporate collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; Newark Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Maine; Queens Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia and the Albany Institute of History and Art.

 

Education
1972-73 Art Students League, Woodstock, NY
1969-70 Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy
1968 MA, New York University, NY
1966 BA, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Layers of Time, poem by Mary Oliver, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2014 Celebrating Art in Agriculture, Cow Tales: Frances Hynes & Sharon Yates, Maine Farmland
  Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME
2013 Light of Form: Recent Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Surface, Light & Structure (Hynes, Keen Salmi), Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME
2011 Frances Hynes: Dawn to Dusk-Recent Work, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Frances Hynes: Meeting Points, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME
2010 All Kinds of Weather: recent watercolors by Frances Hynes, in cooperation with June Kelly
   Gallery, Phyllis Stigliano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 North Light: New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
2004 Parting the Air: Recent Paintings, poem by Mark Strand, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2003 Frances Hynes: Thought Charts, Visual Diaries, Suraci Gallery, Visual Arts Center,
   Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Frances Hynes: Present Past, Past Present, Foreman Gallery, Anderson Center for the Arts,
   Yager Museum at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
2001 Points Out of Time, poem by Seamus Heaney, June Kelly Gallery, NY
1999 Frances Hynes: Images and Events, (1989-1999 Survey, Paintings and Works on Paper),
   The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME; catalogue
The Shape of Time: Paintings and Works on Paper, poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, June Kelly
   Gallery, New York
1998 Dawn Chasing Night, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, FL; brochure
Layers of Time, Perkinson Gallery, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University,
   Decatur, IL
Paintings and Works on Paper, Nese Alpan Gallery, Roslyn, NY
1997 Songs and Wanderings, New Now Gallery, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT
1996 The Irish Paintings, University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mount
   Pleasant, MI
1993 Conversations: Recent Paintings, organized by the Springfield Museum of Art, OH and
   traveling to the Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI
Scenes from Life/Layers of Time: Recent Works on Paper, curated by Phyllis Stigliano, Terry
   Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1991 Recent Work, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
Overview: 1985-1991, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1989 Selected Work: 1979-1989, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1988 Frances Hynes/Painter, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
1987 Frances Hynes: Recent Work, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1986 Frances Hynes and James Jackson Burt, curated by Addison Parks, Flushing Gallery,
   Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, NY; catalogue
1985 Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1983 Frances Hynes: Recent Work, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1981 Frances Hynes: Recent Paintings, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1980 Frances Hynes, Poindexter Gallery, New York
Frances Hynes: Paintings, The Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1, Long Island City,
   NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Complex Uncertanities: Artist in Post War America, The Jepson Center, Telfair Museums,
  Savannah, GA
2015 Animal Works, Phyllis Stigliano Art Projects: Moeís Meat Market, New York
2014 Cow Tales, Celebrating Art in Agriculture, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME
2013 Art of the Five, guest curator Debra Vanderburg Spencer, InterChurch Center Gallery,
  New York
H O M E (Hynes, Kobayashi, Sasaki, Schaunburger) Phyllis Stigliano Gallery, Brooklyn,
  NY
2010 Women Artists of Monhegan, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME
2009 Hidden Gems: Works on Paper, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2008 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National
   Academy of Design, New York; catalogue
2007 New Acquisitions, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and
   Letters, New York
2006 Maine Printmakers: 1980- 2005, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
2005 10 Artists: Defining Abstraction, organized by the June Kelly Gallery, Pfizer Inc.,   New
   York
2004 179th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National
   Academy of Design, New York; catalogue
2002 500 Works on Paper, Gary Snyder Fine Arts, New York
2000 175th Annual Exhibition, The National Academy of Design, New York
Art at Steepletop 2000, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
Animals in Art by Maine Artists, curated by David Staber, L.C. Bates Museum, Hinkley,
   ME; traveling exhibition with catalogue
New on View: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection, Telfair Museum of Art,
   Savannah, GA
1999 - 02 Annual Invitational Exhibitions, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
1999 The Possibilities of Paper: Works from the Telfair Collection, Telfair Museum of Art,
   Savannah, GA
1998 Postmark International, Artspace, New Haven, CT
1997 Collectorís Show, selected by director and chief curator, Townsend Wolfe, The Arkansas
   Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1996 The Ancient Landscape Revisited, Lisdoonvarna Town Hall, County Clare, Ireland
1995 Animals, Animals, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York
Mainescapes: Women Artists, 1900-1995, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME;
   catalogue
Watercolor Now, Knoxville Museum of Art, TN

Selected Awards
2008 Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize (Painting), 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of
   Contemporary American Art
, National Academy of Design, New York
1996 (International Artistsí Retreat Centre), The Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Co., Kerry,
  Ireland
1995 Artist-in-Residence, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan, Ireland;
1985 Guest Artist, Printmaking Workshop, New York
1980 Artist's Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
Artist-in-Residence, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
1978,95 Artist-in-Residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
1976-78 National Workspace Program, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY

Selected Public and Corporate Collections
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Nassau Museum of Fine Arts, Roslyn, NY
New Britain Museum of American Art, CT
Portland Museum of Art, ME
Springfield Museum of Art, OH
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah ,GA
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
The Newark Museum, NJ
The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
The Godwin -Ternbach Museum of Queens College, City University of New York
Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami, FL
Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Albany Institute of History and Art, NY
Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast, ME
Poindexter Family Collection, New York
Alliance Capital Management, New York
Ariel Capital Management, Chicago, IL
AT&T, Chicago, IL
Corbin, Silverman & Sanseverino, New York
Lutz & Carr, New York
Security Pacific National Bank, CA
Valley National Bank, Phoenix, AZ
IOA Data Corporation, New York
Hebrew Home of the Aged, Riverdale, NY

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