Sharyn Finnegan: Evolution: Self-Portrait Retrospective and Recent Work

Evolution: Self-Portrait Retrospective and Recent Work, Sept. 6 – Oct. 1, 2011

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-8

Sharyn Finnegan’s images come from the coasts of England, Iceland, Newfoundland, Denmark and around her NY and Vermont homes. Her work centers on focused observation of the subject, whether figure or landscape. The time this takes dictates the technique, working deliberately on still subjects in sunshine with oils or pencil, or working loosely in charcoal on more ephemeral subjects such as fog. Depending on the situation, Finnegan’s work can leap from 4″x 6″ to 30″x 40″ or larger, or from a very horizontal format to a very vertical one. She deliberately resists the easy packaging of consistent scale, shape or subject, believing that variability and complexity is closer to our real lives and her work must reflect this.

Born in NYC, Finnegan has had 10 solo exhibits and done many artist-in residency programs internationally, including the MacDowell Colony, and, most recently in 2011, The Brisons Veor Trust in Cornwall, UK. She is currently on the faculty of Parsons The New School of Design, NYC.