Frances Hynes is a founding member of Independent Studios I, a group of artists that maintained a cooperative workspace in Long Island City, NY from 1978 until 2016. She lives in Bayside, Queens, NY and taught at LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, in 1980 and from 1998 until 2013. Frances Hynes received an MA from New York University and a BA from St. John’s University. She also studied at the Art Students League in Woodstock, NY and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.
She has a lengthy exhibition history beginning with the 1974 New Talent Festival, sponsored by eighteen New York galleries to provide venues for unknown artists. Poindexter Gallery participated and introduced her paintings. A solo exhibition at Poindexter Gallery followed. Since then she has had over thirty-five solo exhibitions. These include: The Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1 (now called MoMA PS1) in Long Island City, NY, and seven solo shows at Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York. Museum exhibitions include: New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Springfield Museum of Art, OH; Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI; Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, FL; and a 10 year survey at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME. FRANCES HYNES: CONSTELLATIONS will be exhibited at the Hudson River Museum, YONKERS, NY - January 2020 – 2021.
Her painting is represented in numerous museum and corporate collections including: Albany Institute of History and Art, NY; Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC.; Portland Museum of Art, ME; Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME; Newark Museum, NJ; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; AT&T, Chicago, IL; Alliance Capitol Management, New York and Ariel Capitol Management, Chicago, IL among others. A commission was completed for Bellevue Hospital, New York in 1988.
Frances Hynes participated in the National Workspace Program at MoMA PS1. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for her painting and the Edwin Palmer Prize for Painting from the National Academy of Design. She was a resident artist at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY and others. She has served as a visiting artist/professor at: Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland; Lahti Institute of Fine Arts, Finland; Memphis College of Art; Central Michigan University and Illinois State University among others.
The artist has had seven exhibitions with June Kelly Gallery beginning in 1991. A one-person show of watercolors, 'All Kinds of Weather' was presented at Phyllis Stigliano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY in cooperation with the June Kelly Gallery in 2010. Animal works paintings from the early 1980’s was presented at Phyllis Stigliano Art Projects at Moe’s Meat Market took place in 2015. A catalog is available and six of these paintings were placed in museum collections. Her latest exhibition, 'Frances Hynes: Constellations' is at the Hudson River Museum, January 17, 2020 - January 10, 2021.
"I grew up in Bayside, County of Queens, when this locale was transforming from a still rural place to a more suburban one of single-family homes.
In the 1970’s and early 1980’s I made paintings of the simple, wood frame houses of my neighborhood: New England, cape cod style and Tudor style homes.
(During these years I also found upstate NY barns to be an inspiration).
And some paintings referenced the functional and plain factory buildings and sheds I saw in Long Island City, location of my studio for 40 years (1976 - 2016).
This place too was home.
The paintings in this exhibition date from about 1979 – 88; the architectural imagery has been simplified and pared down to the essential, foundational, elements found in the buildings – rectangles, grids of windows, triangles and lines are understood for themselves, intensified with color, separated from the image and transformed to something more fundamental, distant and abstract. All were painted in a simplified manner, but with the building image remaining clear and recognizable.(The horizontal and vertical structure of architecture remains evident in my current paintings).
I still live in Bayside."
- Frances Hynes, January 2020
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