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Mary Spain Furniture

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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Mary Spain Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Mary Spain furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique items are often made from Canvas, and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Mary Spain Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 1 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many customers also consider furniture by Jacques Fabert Furniture, Lois Foley Furniture and Italo Botti Furniture if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Mary Spain furniture may vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $5,000 and tops out at $5,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,000 on average.