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Girl Who Just Went Along for the Night Ride by Mary Spain

US$5,500Asking Price

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The girl who just went along for the night ride an visually curious painting by Mary Spain and dated 1979. There is a wonderful use of images in this painting. Here is a bio taken from can journal on line: Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Mary Spain studied art at Syracuse University and moved to Ohio in the 1960s to teach art at Chagrin Falls High School. She was a frequent exhibitor in the May Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art during the 1970s and early 1980s where she won several Juror’s mentions for her paintings. Characteristic of her work is a flattened frontal gaze or a total profile view of her figures that recall Renaissance portraiture. Additionally, most of her characters are seen wearing odd or unusual hats. Spain believed that these hats identify the figures much like they do for professions such as chefs, clergy, or law enforcement. The hats also act to contain the characters. While her figures often appear cute or innocent, Spain felt they were filled with mischief. Without their hats, she imagined that they might just explode. Spain’s interest in antique dolls and toys lends insight into the construction of her figures. Many figures have marionette like qualities with blocky, out of proportion limbs, suggesting that perhaps they are not entirely in control of their actions. During her struggle with cancer, Spain used these figures to express her feelings of pain and sadness. While her deeply personal vocabulary and symbolism might be lost to the viewer, the narratives and embedded emotional substance remain.

Details

  • Creator
    Mary Spain (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 49.25 in. (125.1 cm)Width: 55.25 in. (140.34 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1979
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. As with all the paintings we acquired by Mary Spain they were all in the same collection and remained there until we purchased them.
  • Seller Location
    Palm Desert, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU797713409721

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