- and it whispers (1), 2019
- Changers Are Shifting Outside 1, 2019
- language is leaving me (1), 2019
- leaving behind (1), 2019
- Unending Absence 1, 2019
- Wondering If 1, 2019
- memories going round and round (7), 2020
- a simple place (4), 2020
- changing words (1), 2020
- edge of my dream (1), 2020
- edge of my dream (2), 2020
- i want to close my eyes and see you (1), 2020
- i want to close my eyes and see you (6), 2020
- i woke up to the morning sky first (1), 2020
- many things on my mind (1), 2020
- memories going round and round (1), 2020
- memories going round and round (2), 2020
- memories going round and round (3), 2020
- memories going round and round (4), 2020
- memories going round and round (5), 2020
- memories going round and round (6), 2020
- Moon Is Bright Outside, 2020
- one morning when (1), 2020
- one morning when (2), 2020
- see enough and write it down (1), 2020
- see enough and write it down (2), 2020
- some situation somewhere (1), 2020
- some situation somewhere (2), 2020
- spring promises (3), 2020
- the edge of my dream (1), 2020
- Wait For Me Here 2, 2020
- when the day arrives ahead of me (4), 2020
Sarah Hinckley grew up in Cape Cod, and her airy, sumptuous artworks reflect the sea and open skies of the geography found there. She also studied and worked in New York with its ongoing tradition of abstraction, which influences her current mature style which follows a path established by Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, both proponents of a painterly, poetic abstraction. This combination of openness and subtle nonobjective effect recalls both a particular locale or place, and a painting tradition that contributes to a present-day lyricism that feels familiar, made so by our awareness of an especially American point of view. However, Hinckley’s style is very much her own, driven as it is by an abiding concentration directed toward the minimal and reductive effects of contemporary abstraction. Her work cannot be said to exist as a series, yet similarities between paintings or works on paper indicate that her efforts are part of an encompassing whole. The large and open central spaces occur along a continuum that unifies our visual experience of her approach and thinking process.
Perhaps the most engaging aspect of Hinckley’s painting is the combination of her attraction for minimal or simplified imagery, combined with her penchant for creating a visually gratifying work of art. She does in fact do this, realizing the shapes in her art, which are usually organic in nature, link her paintings with an esthetic of elegant simplicity. Yet we cannot see the art as merely simple or reductive; instead, its eloquence and lyricism originate in the Hinckley’s willingness to present a unified field of painting in which the poetry of her observations, no matter whether they occur on the edge or in the center of her compositions, communicates the openness of an unobstructed view. The results are not so much an alternative as a variant on mainstream painting. Thus, her lyricism and her feeling for structure are equivalent. This means that the emotional content cannot be separated from its formal expressiveness, which can only happen when an artist’s work is both strong and compelling.
The paintings tend to be defined by their peripheral effects, while the works on paper are less sparsely populated. In both cases, the organic is emphasized--this is not hard-edged geometric work, although Hinckley’s soft-edge organicism is resolutely nonobjective. Today, abstraction in art remains viable, in large part because painters like Hinckley keep it alive in displays of imagery that both challenge our sensibility and at the same time address a need for a beauty that cannot be easily dismissed. Indeed, beauty is key to our perception of Hinckley’s art, which refuses any excessively easy avenue of attractiveness even as it makes its claims based upon poetics that can be linked both to the pastoral and the urban. Thus, the rounded shapes and more linear forms that coexist in her watercolors are interesting because they tied together by color. In fact, color should not be seen as a secondary, but rather a primary interest in her work, which retains a persistent reading of nature even as its repertoire of styles link it to historical and artistic advances in New York abstraction. This means that our experience of Hinckley’s accomplished sensibility is a complex one, aided by her persistent regard for shape and color’s ability to build nearly celestial (but also earthy) structures on their own.
Sarah Hinckley's childhood in Cape Cod with its salt marshes, beaches and ocean skies have long inspired her as an artist. After receiving her BFA from Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Hinkley moved to New York City to complete her MFA studies at Columbia University. It was during this time that Hinckley gravitated to the color field paintings of Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin creating canvases with wide swathes of colors that refer to nature but without its literal representations.
In spite of living and working in New York City, the natural beauty of Cape Cod continued to inform her paintings with subtle nods to landscape and botanical forms. Painting with oils on canvas, Hinckley permits the process to shine through her work. Gravity pulls at the fluid paint leaving dripping edges or the casual rough skip of brushwork just skims the surface. Simple bands of color reference the complicated interplay of light and shadow and the texture of time on changing forms while reducing this natural symphony to a simple, elegant melody.
In 2016, after almost 30 years in New York City, Hinckley returned full time to Cape Cod. She alternates between larger paintings on canvas and smaller watercolors that often serve as studies for her oils. Sarah Hinckley's artworks have been exhibited widely throughout the United States with exhibitions most recently at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Mattatuck Museum, Calhoon Museum of Contemporary Art, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Littlejohn Contemporary, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary and Lanoue Gallery. Her work can be found in many corporate and private collections.
Small Standing TallSmall Works by Big Artists 8 May - 5 Jun 2021Cross Contemporary Partners is pleased to present Small Standing Tall, an exhibition of small paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture by 12 mid-career artists. The exhibition is guest curated by Jen Dragon and hosted by the Joyce Goldstein Gallery at 19 Central Square, Chatham, NY with hours Thursday - Sunday 1:00-4:00pm....
Sarah Hinckley Solo ExhibitionNew Paintings and Works on Paper 27 Mar - 30 Nov 2021Sarah Hinckley's childhood in Cape Cod with its salt marshes, beaches and ocean skies have long inspired her as an artist. After receiving her BFA from Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Hinckley moved to New York City to complete her MFA studies at Columbia University....
REAL ABSTRACTIONFive Painters Beyond the Picture 16 Mar - 30 Nov 2021REAL ABSTRACTION: FIVE PAINTERS BEYOND THE PICTURE Can we see past what we see? Can we see more than we see? Can we see in a way that not only reveals what we haven’t been seeing, but has us see a whole different reality? These are the questions that abstract...
Cross Contemporary Partners Inaugural Group Exhibition Part IIVirtual Gallery Exhibit 17 Sep 2020 - 31 Jul 2021Cross Contemporary Partners opens another new virtual art exhibition space dedicated to the digital representation of artwork on the internet. The Cross Contemporary Partners Inaugural Group Exhibition Part II presents nine established artists whose distinguished careers span decades. The artists: Sarah Hinckley , Bassmi Ibrahim , Anne Marchand , Stewart...
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