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Clerestory Fine Art presents "Arias Chromatic"


About “Arias Chromatic”

Clerestory Fine Art’s second exhibition features unmistakable large-scale oil paintings by Montclair artist Mary H. Young. Young’s canvases boldly invite viewers in with seductive, luscious colors. Fascinated by the figure, she places her characters in surreal settings meant to conjure familiar associations of domesticity, relationships, and nature, but then revolts against expectations by distorting faces, figures, and atmosphere. Her playful subjects can take a menacing tone in these exercises in psychological exploration, as she deals with emotion like love, loss, and broader political anxieties. They are theatrical stages meant to evoke reaction and the viewer’s own interpretation. Like an aria in an opera, each painting explores the story of the character’s emotion, inviting the audience to bring their own background in to complete the experience.

About the Artist

Mary H. Young was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1989, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her work is heavily influenced by cinema, literature and contemporary conflicts. Creating narratives of self-exploration, Young places her exposed figures in stage-like settings, allowing the viewer to enter into a world of surreal familiarity. Using thick, honest brushstrokes, one is quickly seduced into exploring the various plains of color, line and raw markings. She currently works out of her studio in East Orange, NJ.


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