At Violet Drawing by Mary Cinque

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A closer look at the women at the cafè.
Loving this aqua green shade.
My signature.
Love Violet's logo.
Great to spot bikes around the city.

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At Violet

Mary Cinque



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About The Artwork

I went to Violet's many times and I remember taking the photo that inspired this artwork when I was there with some friends coming to visit me from Italy. I had to take them there as they love all the pretty things about London and they love cakes, so I had to introduce them to the wonders of Violet cakes. Clean lines and splashes of colors and tiny interesting details are some of the things that caught my eyes when I am exploring a city, and since the first time I went to Violet, which is not far from where I used to live in London, I fell in love with the look of the place. This is one of the reason why I kept this artwork very minimal and instead of using a white oil pastel for the lighter areas of the drawing, I intentionally left portions of the paper unpainted. Instead I focused on the details that I wanted to highlight, like the people at the cafè ( I love that the guy in the background seems to be still asleep and looking forward to a cup coffee!). I also enjoy to depict the delicate pieces of furniture, the aqua green is one of my favourite colour so I was instantly obsessed with the chairs. The words that one can spot while wondering on the streets are another one of my obsessions, and here you can spot some on the back of the chairs and, if you look very closely, you can also spot part of Violet's logo on the cups. Now that I live in Italy again I am going through all the photographs I took during the three years I've been living in London and made oil pastel on paper inspired by them. Making this series has been great for me as it gave me the chance to feel all the emotions I felt while I was in London, a city that I love. I hope this artwork will bring to your home that nice atmosphere of a day spent showing the city that you love to people coming to visit you, and the excitement of getting to share with them new gems and all the little things that make a city special. The artwork will be shipped rolled in a tube, I advise to take it as soon as possible to a framer, to professionally flatten it back and to provide a frame with a glass, as the oil pastel needs to be protected from the dust. 26th of September 2020

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Drawing:oil pastel on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:11.7 W x 16.5 H x 0 D in

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"Mary Cinque is an Italian painter, graphic designer and blogger working and living in the Amalfi Coast. Her works – joyful, bright, colourful painting and drawings – are inspired by this place, as well as her heritage, background and travels. Mary spent her childhood between Italy and Ethiopia. Before moving back to the Amalfi Coast this year, she has lived in Naples and Milan, where she attended academies of fine art; and Philadelphia, New York and London where she improved her artistic skills and style. Alongside making art, she works as an illustrator and graphic designer, collaborating with selected brands, working on artistic commissions such as illustrations, labels and showroom design. Cinque’s art develops themes connected with what makes us essentially humans: our habitat – the buildings, the streets, the cities – our bodies, what we eat and how we socialise. Art, in Mary’s paintings, becomes a powerful instrument of philosophical investigation which reveals who we really are by questioning our habits, observing those characteristic traits we share as a species, often without realising it. The artist looks at human beings from a different perspective, making interesting and significant what can seem normal or banal to us in our everyday life: the buildings that populate our cities, the streets we walk, people sitting across our table at a café, strangers on the bus. In this nutshell interview by Giulia Corti, Mary Cinque explores some of the most relevant aspects of her art and reflects on how it offers an intriguing and informative perspective about the way we live as human animals. Mary, your art is colourful and vivid, it mixes human and urban subjects by making use of various techniques (oil painting; pastel drawing, markers, “digital” drawing, print-making etc.) and materials (canvasses, magazine pages, an I-pad screen). How do you choose the means with which to develop an artwork and how do the different materials and techniques influence what you want to convey, if they do? Different subjects call for different techniques. Buildings and urbanscape are always acrylic on canvas, while I prefer to depict people using a quicker, immediate approach, like the one that I can get with markers and oil pastels or digital painting. By looking at the main themes of your art, it is possible to notice what seems to be a tension. On one hand, you portrayed the stillness and artificiality of urban landscapes and buildings (e.g.

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