Inspired by many years of meditative walks in Prospect Park, this series, One Hundred Not Famous Views, pays homage to the tradition of the Romantic landscape, a favorite subject of the earliest monotypes. I am also inspired by Hiroshige’s woodcut series, One Hundred famous Views of Edo. While adopting his concentration on a specific locale depicted in every season, hand printed and all of the same size, I have chosen to create works which offer a counterpoint to his woodcuts in terms of process, style and content. These monotypes are one of a kind, expressive, spontaneous and painted with a full palette on a single plate in a single session as opposed to the step by step, carefully planned process of creating a color woodcut edition. Where many of Hiroshige’s prints depicted panoramic views of mountain vistas and large expanses of land and water, I have sought visually to capture the everyday, the ordinary and the intimate, seeking, as Baudelaire suggests is the aim of the artist, “to distill the eternal from the transitory.”
Artist Bio / CV
Mary DeVincentis creates works on paper which are inspired by meditative images,nature, dreams, literature and everyday figures of speech. Her work has been exhibited by the Kathryn Markel Gallery, Mary Ryan Gallery, White Columns, The Alternative Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and has been included in group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. It is represented in numerous private and corporate collections, including the DuPont Company, the Prudential Insurance Company and the Amerada Hess Corporation. She received her BFA, summa cum laude, from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and completed a Postgraduate Certificate Program in Advanced Printmaking at St. Martins College of Art in London, England. She lives in Brooklyn and works in New York City.