‘Along Comes Mary: Mary Finlayson’ to Open at JoAnne Artman Gallery




Mary Finlayson, Morning Shadows, Gouache on Canvas, 30 x 36 inches. Image courtesy JoAnne Artman Gallery

JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present ALONG COMES MARY, an exhibition of new works by Mary Finlayson. A celebration of color, pattern, and form, Finlayson’s work has a fresh and unique aesthetic through her use of gouache and vinyl emulsion. Navigating themes of home, memory, and self through her still lifes and interiors, her interest in painting interior spaces and still lifes portray how environments reveal identity.

Mary Finlayson, Sun Room Garden, Gouache on Canvas, 40 x 48 inches. Image courtesy JoAnne Artman Gallery

Considering interiors as portraits that contain their own narratives, her compositions explore the stories that each space tells about the people who inhabit them. Flattening the perspective of each scene, her still lifes provide a voyeuristic glimpse in to each curated space while capsulizing the intimacy of each scene. Energetic lines evoke movement that helps enliven the otherwise stagnant settings and floral arrangements while reduced, simplified forms reveal a complexly structured, distinctive style.

Mary Finlayson, florals with Geometric Vase, Gouache on Canvas, 24 x 20 inches. Image courtesy JoAnne Artman Gallery

In homage to the iconic works of David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Stuart Davis, Finlayson borrows similar bright color palettes, repetitive patterns and simplified forms. Creating tightly constructed compositions unique to her own style, she combines her backgrounds in printmaking and painting to layer and contrast colors. The creative process includes immense attention to detail and meticulous planning around the composition as she considers personal attachments and importance of objects, the perspective of each scene, and the captured feeling of a space over accurate depiction. Creating environments that are partly real and partly imagined, Finlayson’s ability to craft a story by way of her art is enigmatic.

Mary Finlayson: L~Green Vase with Red Cosmos; c~Floral Vase with California Poppies; R~ Green Vase with Monstera. Gouache on Canvas. 36 x 30 inches, Each. Image courtesy JoAnne Artman Gallery.

Mary Finlayson lives and works in San Francisco as an artist, teacher, and art therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University, a Graduate Degree in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and an Arts Education Degree from the University of British Columbia.

‘Along Comes Mary: Mary Finlayson‘ will be on view from July 1 to August 25, 2023 at JoAnne Artman Gallery, 511A West 22nd Street, NYC.