Mary Anne Arntzen

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Mary Anne was born in Riverside, California and lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2010, she received a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute college of Art. Notable exhibitions include the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), The Painting Center (NYC), and Resort Gallery (Baltimore). In addition to her painting practice, Mary Anne is a conservation technician for textiles at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This work has informed her interest in pattern, repetition and color.

Mary Anne's visual vocabulary borrows from architecture, nature, textiles and cartoons. Abstract, organic forms meet the surrounding spaces like puzzle pieces or bodies merging. The forms behave as physical objects; catching light, casting shadows, and weaving through surfaces. Utilizing humor and suspension of disbelief, her paintings reference tromp l'eoil still lives, flat patterns and digital imagery. These elements together create spaces that are simultaneously straight-forward and ambiguous, toeing the line between abstraction and illusionism. Conflicting visual narratives abound as shapes alternately dominate and undermine one another in carefully choreographed chaos.

Selected Works

Piecework 1 by Mary Anne Arntzen

Piecework 1

Paintings - 25x20 cm
Cobblestones by Mary Anne Arntzen

Cobblestones

Paintings - 61x51 cm
Embrace by Mary Anne Arntzen

Embrace

Paintings - 61x51 cm
Banana Hammock 2 by Mary Anne Arntzen

Banana Hammock 2

Paintings - 61x51 cm
Crocus by Mary Anne Arntzen

Crocus

Paintings - 51x41 cm
Piecework 2 by Mary Anne Arntzen

Piecework 2

Paintings - 25x20 cm
POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE by Mary Anne Arntzen

POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE

Paintings - 51x61 cm

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