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Flowers in Ravello Print

Mary Cinque

Italy

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Made this from a photograph I took of my friend Luigi. We were at his family home in Ravello, on a lazy Saturday afternoon, drinking coffee and talking about all and nothing. The first thing that caught my attention was the bunch of wild flowers that Luigi's mother and his daughter had collected and arranged. I am not a huge fan of flowers, but this arrangement took my fancy as it was so simple and yet so layered and basically beautiful. So I knew I had to take a photograph and make it into an oil pastel. And when I took the photograph I realized that there were so many interesting elements, surrounding the flowers: Luigi himself is handsome, and then there was the iconic white espresso coffee cup, a seashell used as an ashtray and finally an old bocklet about cocktails (Luigi and his father have been discussing about the original recipe for a cocktail and went to check it n this publication from the Seventies...judging from the look of its cover). I love to draw scenes like this as they give me the chance to focus on many of the subjects that I like: design, people, clothes, everyday objects and, ultimately, to focus on shapes, colors and lines; that it is all that matters to me, while I am creating an artwork. I think one can really appreciate the inherent quality of the oil pastels in this artwork, where the strokes and shapes are minimal and yet speaks volume about the strength of color and shadows. Men are one of my favorite subjects, as they can be very beautiful, and I like to add something different to the History of Art narrative that seems to be all about the female body, which is such a narrow idea. I hope that this artwork will bring you too to Ravello, enjoying the tranquil beauty that can be found everywhere in this small town on the Amalfi Coast. This, like all the artworks from this series, has been treated with two to three layers of fixing spray; nonetheless I advise to promptly frame it with a glass too, to protect it from the dust. The artwork will be shipped rolled in a tube, I recommend 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.

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:9 W x 12 H x 0.1 D in

Frame:White

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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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