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Macyn Bolt Art

American, b. 1954

Macyn Bolt is an American abstract painter. Using a visual language informed by geometric abstraction, he creates artworks that examine how color and form create shifts in visual perception. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and upstate Pennsylvania. Bolt graduated with a BFA in 1979 from Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI, and earned his Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1981. Macyn Bolt has exhibited in multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Work by Macyn Bolt is included in many corporate and institutional collections, including those of the Newark Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Progressive Companies, the Janet Turner Print Museum, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and TIAA-CREF. Bolt works with acrylic paint on a variety of surfaces including canvas, wood panel, vinyl and paper. Using scrapers and palette knives, he builds up layers of paint, creating surfaces that seem both polished and hand made. He often strives to achieve heightened areas of contrast, exploring relationships between the painterly and the flat, the loose and the opaque. That contrast is further explored in relationships between colors. His process mirrors the balance he seeks between boldness and delicacy in his compositions. Scale is also an important aspect of his work. His smaller works, which start around 16 x 15 inches, create opportunities for intimate viewer interactions. His larger works, which can range up to 84 x 180 inches, encompass viewers in a contemplative aesthetic space. The differences in size result in a range of perceptual experiences that is integral to the work.

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Relay Race 2 (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Relay Race 2 (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foregr...
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2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Shadow boxer (A.2) (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Shadow boxer (A.2) (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. The Shadow Boxer and skipstep paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found i...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

High Frequency/Slow Shift (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
High Frequency/Slow Shift (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. This work is a triptych which focuses on a shallow, mostly monochromatic surface that include bas-relief...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

OQ 19 (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
OQ 19 (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

OA 19 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
OA 19 (Abstract painting) Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

Skipstep (DE) (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Skipstep (DE) (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. The skipstep and Shadow Boxer paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abs...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

01-19 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
01-19 (Abstract painting) Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

Tightrope (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Tightrope (Abstract painting) Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

OC 19 (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
OC 19 (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Acrylic, Paper

03-19 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
03-19 (Abstract painting) Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

09-19 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
09-19 (Abstract painting) Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

OQ 19 (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
OQ 19 (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

09-19 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
09-19 (Abstract painting) Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

Intersect (Blue) (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Intersect (Blue) (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between for...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Relay Race 3 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and ed...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Relay Race 4 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and ed...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Slow Turn (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Tightrope (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

High Wire (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

01-19 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

03-19 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

09-19 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

Day for Night 4 (Abstract painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and ed...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Acrylic, Canvas

Relay Race 2
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and ed...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

High Wire
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

OA 19
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

OC 19
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on paper - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Paper, Acrylic

Day for Night 3
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and ed...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Shadow Boxer (D.3)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed The Shadow Boxer and skipstep paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abstract painting. As with the shadow ...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Relay Race 3
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and ed...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Relay Race 4
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and ed...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Day for Night 7
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and ed...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Skipstep (DE)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. The skipstep and Shadow Boxer paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abstract painting. As with the shadow...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Shadow boxer (A.2)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. The Shadow Boxer and skipstep paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abstract painting. As with the shadow...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Shadow Boxer (D.1)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed The Shadow Boxer and skipstep paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abstract painting. As with the shadow ...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Shadow Boxer (B.2)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed The Shadow Boxer and skipstep paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abstract painting. As with the shadow...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Slow Turn
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Intersect (High Frequency)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Tightrope
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Skipstep (FG) (Abstract Painting)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Skipstep (FG) (Abstract Painting) Acrylic on canvas - Unframed The skipstep and Shadow Boxer paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abst...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Shadow Boxer G2, Minimalist, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 38, 2016
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Shadow Boxer G5, Minimalist, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 38, 2016
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Shadow Boxer D.5, Minimalist, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 38, 2016
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, O to C, 2018, Minimalist, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 x 2 inches
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Untitled (Contour), 2018, Minimalist, acrylic, 16 x 20 x 2 inches
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, O to C II, 2018, Minimalist, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 x 2 inches
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Shift II, 2018, Minimalist, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 x 2 inches
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Shift IV, 2018, Minimalist, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 x 2 inches
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Dark Pool I, acrylic on canvas, Minimalist, 18 x 60, 2018
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Dark Pool II, acrylic on canvas, Minimalist, 18 x 60, 2018
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. Wi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Dark Pool III, acrylic on canvas, Minimalist, 18 x 60, 2018
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. W...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Macyn Bolt, Dark Pool IV, acrylic on canvas, Minimalist, 18 x 60, 2018
By Macyn Bolt
Located in Greenwich, CT
At the heart of Mason Bolt’s artistic practice is an interest in qualities of reflection, mirroring and contrasting perspectives that are unique to the space of abstract painting. W...
Category

2010s Minimalist Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Shadow boxer (D.4)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. The Shadow Boxer and skipstep paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abstract painting. As with the shadow...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Skipstep (AA)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas - Unframed The "skipstep" and "Shadow Boxer" paintings grow out of an interest in the paradox of spatial comprehension found in abstract painting. As with the sha...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Intersect (Blue)
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. Using the geometric vocabulary found in architectural schemata, Bolt tries to create a dynamic tension between foreground and background, center and edg...
Category

2010s Abstract Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

High Frequency/Slow Shift
By Macyn Bolt
Located in London, GB
Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. This work is a triptych which focuses on a shallow, mostly monochromatic surface that include bas-relief planes “locked” together against a more “fluid...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Macyn Bolt Art

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

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