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Paco at Darjeeling Express Print

Mary Cinque

Italy

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This is a very significant artwork for me as it is one from the many I made during the Covid 19 lockdown in Italy. Being forced home I went 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 gave me the chance to feel all the emotions I felt while I was in London, a city that I love. This artwork in particular depicts my boyfriend reading a book by Asma Khan in her restaurant Darjeeling Express in Kingly Court. Asma Khan's story is poignant and beautiful and since reading about her life and how she helps empowering women through her business I wanted to go there. My boyfriend was working as a chef at the time, so he also had good reason to check the place and when we finally made it we weren't disappointed at all. A welcoming and friendly lady almost hug me at the entrance and when we were sit at our table, our waiter told us more about the restaurant. We felt like being among and invited to share food, which is what I most love about restaurants. Also, being a feminist, I always try to give more space to various kind of beauty in my art (not only the classical female beauty driven by the "male gaze"), that's why I love to depict also men and I am so lucky that my boyfriend is a very patient model (I started making portraits of him even before we got together). Here he's reading a book, which is very typical of him. The oil pastel technique is still my favourite at the moment for this kind of series and I am very pleased with the way these Sennelier oil pastels rendered the entire scene and atmosphere. I hope all the beauty and enjoyment from that evening could travel from this drawing to your place. This, like all the artworks from this series, has been sealed with two to three layers of fixing spray, nonetheless I advise to frame it with a glass as soon as possible, to protect it from dust

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:9 W x 12 H x 0.1 D in

Size with Frame:14.25 W x 17.25 H x 1.2 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 in 2019, 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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