Black Lantern Lucy Maki

Mixed Media
30 × 17 inches
76.2 × 43.18 cm

Two textured, brown and black patinated, wood sections each with two orange cutouts intersect with a ribbed black vertical in this 30 inches tall wall relief. "But I want something that pushes the limits of painting a little -- something unique and singular but still has its roots in tradition, so that whatever I put in the blank rectangle references aspect(s) of the history of painting, but all mixed up, -- cubism, constructivism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, minimalism, the 1930-40's transcendental painting group here in New Mexico -- twentieth century modernism, where paint on canvas has been the primary medium. The craft of oil painting I respect and love, so all the work is done with oil paint, only the grounds vary." Lucy Maki "The influence of early Modernist evident in Maki’s painting, yet her vocabulary of form is distinctively her own. Contemporary and unique, it both derives from and reexamines the impulses and vocabularies of its precursors. While self-referential, it is never redundant and always maintains an exploratory unpredictability." - Kathleen Shields Lucy Maki has been a professional painter for over 25 years. She was born in Ames, Iowa in 1955 and received her MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico, finishing in 1982. Committed to her style, which is influenced by early Modernist Abstraction, Maki has received much success, with exhibits in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Her work can be found in public collections such as the Albuquerque Museum and the Museum of New Mexico, and the University of New Mexico Art Museum as well as many private collections.

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