Mixed media on canvas: Venitian plaster, latex, cardboard, acrylic
16" x 20"
Mary Colby studied at Lehman College and the Art Students league. Pousette Dart, David Leffel, and Robert Beverly Hale were her primary instructors. Her parents were early influences as her mother is a painter and her father was a civil engineer and a photographer who took a terrific interest in his daughters artistic development.
Mary worked the summers from 1970 to 1972 at Creative Mud Pottery on City Island. Charmed by this island community, Mary returned to rent her own studio/ gallery in 1993 and pursued a career as an artist and decorative painter establishing the business, Fe Fi Faux. Mary has painted beautiful interiors for Bloomingdales, Macy’s, The Federal Court House, and many exclusive homes in Westchester, Connecticut, and New York City. After a 25 year career in decorative painting Mary retired the business and in 2012 formally opened Mary Colby Studio and Gallery at the same location at 276 City Island Ave. The Gallery / Studio has always been a working studio open to the public which affords the visitor an intimate and unusual view into the world of the artist at work.
Mary Colby has shown her work at the Bronx Museum AIM program, Brydcliffe Guild, Pace University, Onda East Village Exhibition, and the Bronx Armory Show. Her work is represented in many private collections.
“ My life’s work is a commitment to the simple act of painting, which is a metaphor for experience, a meditation on nature and of being in the world.”
I approach the canvas with a loose concept in mind if at all. I want to be surprised and even confounded by the work at hand. The idea is to work freely and then through revision and subtraction images are created. One can present an image with a suggestion of another image barely hinted at. This leaves a doubt in the mind, a questioning through seeing. These ambiguous images give way to the viewer's personal discovery of the piece. Controlled color palettes, line, shape, and surface interest me. A work should be imbued with emotion for ambiguity alone can hold no power. Nature and great art are always an inspiration.