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  • Design Credit: Kacy Ellis, Photo Credit: Wynn Myers. Dimensions: H 14 in. x W 10 in.
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Mary Dwyer
Mary Dwyer, Ida Tarbell, 2017, watercolor on paper, Suffragists and Journalists

2017

$850

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The inspiration for Mary Dwyer's work revolves around storytelling, historic events, a love of political cartoons and early portraiture paintings. An integral part of this work is research. Spurred by an innate curiosity, she creates political, historical and personal paintings. In the last few years Dwyer has been researching and painting the American Suffrage movement. In this research she discovered that the people working as both Suffragists and Abolitionists also started their own newspapers and published their own pamphlets. They became journalists, as no one was covering their story. Dwyer's paintings are a celebration of both the voter’s rights activist and the visual pageantry of the Suffrage movement. The use of color in her Suffrage paintings speak to the vibrant pageantry and the visual marketing used during the movement. Sashes, button, banners, flags and ribbons were made by women and marketed for women. The significance of free press is paramount in a free and fair society. The importance of journalist has become a theme that has continued in her present work. Recently she has been working on a Memorial Paintings series honoring journalists who have died in direct connection to their job. Reporting news has become a dangerous profession and every year hundreds of journalists are attacked or killed worldwide. Dwyer's sources for the Memorial Paintings are the data base of Committee to Protect Journalists. The use of color in each of the memorial painting honors the subject’s country or culture. Dwyer's portrayals of the ardent women involved in the American Suffrage Movement, which led up to the 19th Amendment which passed in 1920, now celebrating it's 100th Anniversary of this major step in the Equal Rights Movement. The Suffrage Movement held public marches spanning from the Eastern United states out west to California and up to the Pacific Northwest. Suffragettes wore purple and golden yellow ribbons and flew purple and golden yellow banners to publicly show their unity. Fascinated by American history, Mary Dwyer blends the American Folk Art tradition with an abstract modernist aesthetic. The inspiration of her work revolves around historic lore and love of early portraiture paintings. Drawn from extensive research sometimes found to be inexact and often contradictory, Mary’s work becomes her own personal interpretation of history. She creates series of paintings, which portray political, historic and personal details that shaped a historic figure's life. Ms. Dwyer is a 2008 recipient of Connecticut Artist Fellowship Grant. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and London. Her paintings are in the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut Mary Dwyer incorporates color abstraction juxtaposing color blocks with her version of historic figure painting, which adds a 21st century context for her subjects.
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    Mary Dwyer (American)
  • Creation Year:
    2017
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    Height: 14 in (35.56 cm)Width: 10 in (25.4 cm)
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    New York, NY
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    1stDibs: LU17226605112

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