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Mary Spain Art

American, 1934-1983

Mary Spain was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1934. She 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.

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Pink Lady
By Mary Spain
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Pink Lady Oil on canvas, c. 1968 Signed upper right (see photo). Housed in the original frame made by the artist Titled on the reverse on the stretcher bar Inspired by DeKooning Prov...
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1960s Expressionist Mary Spain Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Dancer on a Pedestal" Oil Painting by Mary Spain
By Mary Spain
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Wonderful painting by Mary Spain (1934-1983) entitled "Dancer on a Pedestal" painted sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s. A painter who had her own unique vision of things, thi...
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1980s American Vintage Mary Spain Art

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untitled (Woman and Cat)
By Mary Spain
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Unsigned Graphite on paper
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20th Century Surrealist Mary Spain Art

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Graphite

Woman with Bouquet (Lady Liberty by Moonlight)
By Mary Spain
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Woman with Bouquet (Lady Liberty by Moonlight) Oil on canvas, 1974 Signed and dated by the artist lower center (see photo) Titled in pencil on stretcher, verso Housed in the original...
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1970s Contemporary Mary Spain Art

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Oil

Flower Studies
By Mary Spain
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Unsigned Graphite and colored pencils on laid paper
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Mary Spain Art

Materials

Color Pencil, Graphite

Quicksand (Small) #18
By Mary Spain
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Titled and described by the artist verso Colored pencil on raw sienna laid rag paper
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1980s Surrealist Mary Spain Art

Materials

Color Pencil

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Find wide variety of authentic Mary Spain art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Mary Spain in graphite, color pencil, pencil and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the Surrealist style. Not every interior allows for large Mary Spain art, so small editions measuring 11 inches across are available. Those interested in this artist might also find the work of Camille Bryen, Gary Hansmann and Jack Boynton. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $200 and tops out at $4,500, while the average work can sell for $800.