Exhibition – Mary Hughes & Keith Maddy


Exhibition – Mary Hughes & Keith Maddy

Wed, Mar 14, 2018-Mon, Apr 23, 2018 All day event Gallery 360
Exhibition Wed, Mar 14, 2018-Mon, Apr 23, 2018
All day event Gallery 360

Mary Hughes is a native Bostonian who began her painting career at ten years of age when on vacation in Maine with her grandparents. Her grandmother, an amateur painter, gave her a postcard of the Atlantic coast with a wave crashing on rocks, which Mary then meticulously copied in oil.  Her awkward teen years thankfully involved high school art classes and summer art programs at local museums and art schools. That eventually led her to the painting program at Boston University, where she earned a BFA. She later pursued a MFA at Massachusetts College of Art.

The landscape has remained a constant inspiration in her artwork, from the direct pleine air painting she did in locations such as southern France, the west coast of Ireland and inland New Hampshire. Even in the abstract imagery that has dominated her work for the past decade or so, references to nature are evident.

In her current work, Mary explores mapping, mark making and the passage of time. The drawings and paintings are built upon meandering lines formed in reaction to previous layers, recalling contour maps, topographical lines and nautical charts. The organic forms reference the landscape while also referencing abstract patterning — mark-making as an act of confirmation.

Keith Maddy is a Boston based artist working out of the historic Fenway Studios, Boston, MA.  Keith holds a BFA w/distinction from Massachusetts College of Art and is the recipient of several Massachusetts LLC Visual Arts grants. He won 2nd Place Best Show in an alternative Boston Gallery for Surrounded, 2003 at Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville by the AICA. He has exhibited throughout New England and extensively in the greater Boston area including the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston City Hall, Logan International Airport, Mills Gallery, The Distillery, Somerville Museum, Harvard University, Tufts University, Attleboro Museum, Danforth Museum, Schoolhouse Gallery Provincetown, Vermont College, Nahcotta in Portsmouth NH, and Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, NY.

Keith works from familiar, domestic materials as the foundation from which to create new images. In each case the process is the same but the materials, often vintage, vary from textiles, placemats, children’s book and wallpaper to lithograph reproductions of paintings. Materials are chosen based on color, pattern and the potential he sees within them to be transformed. Drawing over the chosen surface and selecting parts of the original image to keep, he creates new shapes and patterns. Keith edits out what he no longer wants by sanding, and covering it with gesso, graphite, acrylic, collage and resin. The resulting images are organic, playful and simplified, reminiscent of cells and elements in nature that flourish and interact all around us.


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