Art gallery interview with Queens artist Frances M. Hynes’ 66Ed

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November 15, 2021

St. John’s University and Dr MT Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery are pleased to announce a Gallery Discussion Thursday November 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., featuring Queens, NY, artist Frances M. Hynes’ 66Ed. A graduate of St. John’s, Ms. Hynes has exhibited her work for almost 50 years.

Its current exhibition, The Vagabonds, 1994-2001, presents more than 20 paintings focusing on her “Irish paintings”, a series of works that she produced in the 1990s after several trips to the Emerald Isle. It is visible until December 11.

Since graduating from the University of St. John’s in 1966, Ms. Hynes, originally from Bayside, Queens, has remained constantly involved in the New York painting scene, including a solo exhibition in 1980 at the ‘Institute for Contemporary Art, PS 1 (now MoMA PS1), and personal exhibitions with the June Kelly Gallery, Moe’s Meat Market, Poindexter Gallery, and Terry Dintenfass, Inc.

A friend and peer of renowned artists like Will barnet, Lois Dodd, Robert kobayashi, Deborah Remington, and Susan weilMs. Hynes has produced decades of paintings on the human condition, the evolution of the urban landscape, and the natural world. Her trip to Ireland was a homecoming and the pastoral landscape of her family’s ancestral home had a significant impact on her work. A new lexicon of signs and symbols enters his painting: references to Celtic life, from pre-Christian traditions to modern tales.

This moment in Ms. Hynes’ practice gave rise to career-defining works that synthesize abstract and ephemeral landscapes, dissolving in color with ambiguous figures and creatures, often annotated with lines of text. These works tell a poetic story through art on migration, wandering and memory.

In 1995, Ms. Hynes accepted a visiting professor position at the Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. For months she immersed herself in the rolling hills of farmland, the local healing wells teeming with waters believed to heal the ailments of believers, and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and William Butler Yeats.

For Ms. Hynes, this period of wandering and discovery manifested itself in paintings such as the vagabonds (1996), which depicts humanoids, horses and deer migrating through winter woods. departure, loaned by The Great Hunger Museum in Ireland at the University of Quinnipiac, discusses the history of Irish migration due to the Great Famine. Other paintings, such as Skellig Ocher, draw inspiration from archaeological sites in Ireland (for example, the Skellig Islands‘medieval monasteries, which are abandoned ruins that rest on craggy land alone in the Atlantic).

Overall, the exhibit is a retrospective look at a pivotal period in Ms. Hynes’ career, a journey into what makes us human and a longing for a homeland.

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