The work of Cindy Press celebrates women by exploring the connection between fashion and personal identity. Inspired by store catalogs, photography, and popular culture Press considers how style reflects how we engage with the world around us. “Often times it’s a gesture or pose I am interested in, it’s there that I see the history of figure or portrait painting. Clothes are a personal decision and what we choose to wear is the way we express ourselves and connect with the world around us”.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Press is a graduate of Moore College Of Art And Design. Being a fashion illustration major at Moore prepared her for decades of success in the fashion design world. She went onto work with artists such as Peter Max, an iconic painter of the 60”s and 70’s, interpreting his artwork into wearable art.
By merging her knowledge of fashion, the human figure, her life as a woman, mother and artist Press’s artwork forms a narrative that speaks to both men and women. Her female characters are inspired with an array of human emotion that goes beyond gender or age. She does not objectify the subjects of her paintings and drawings but instead seeks to capture their drama, confidence, sex appeal and charm. Press likes to emphasize the provocative, challenging the viewer to think even if it makes them uncomfortable.
Her style is heavily influenced by contemporary fashion photography from the 60’s to present time. While her signature is the way she transforms black and white oil paint on canvas Press likes to surprise with the occasional sprinkling of color added to the mix. Her process is evolving as she photographs her own subjects and merges them with parts of found images.
Press’swork has been exhibited worldwide and is in private collections around the globe in major hubs such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Sydney, Dubai and Hong Kong. Some of her clients include Bloomingdales, The Four Season’s Hotel, The Thompson Hotel Group and AIDA Cruise Line.
BFA Moore College of Art and Design, Phila. PA
2020, The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
2019, Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
2019, Superfine Art Fair, New York, NY
2019 Art Palm Springs, Karyn Mannix Contemporary, Palm Springs Convention Center
2018 Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Hotel, Miami, FL
2018 Bombay Sapphire Artisans Series, Regional Semi Finalist, New York, NY
2018 (May) The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY
2018 Positive Space, The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Nevertheless She Persisted, Love Art Gallery And Studio, Norwalk, CT
2018 Love & Passion, Kathryn Markel Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 (November), The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Art For Political Social Change, Love Art Gallery, Norwalk, CT
2017 Remix, Group Show, Love Art Gallery, Norwalk, CT
2017 (June)The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Art Slope, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Pop Up Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 BWAC, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Larchmont, NY
2015 Dobb’s Ferry Woman’s Club, Dobb’s Ferry, NY
2015 Women’s Caucus for Art, New York
2014 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Westchester Community College, White Plains, NY
2013 Emerald Fine Art, Margate, NJ
2013 Gallery 25, Philadelphia, PA
2012 WSC Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012 East End Gallery, Margate, NJ
2011 Bucks County Art Center, New Hope, PA Artists