About the Artist
Frances Hynes received an MA from New York University and a BA from St. John's University. She studied at the Art Students League in Woodstock, NY and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. The artist 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. Then there were exhibitions at P.S. 1 and seven solo shows at Terry Dintenfass Gallery. Through the years there have been over thirty solo exhibitions of her paintings. Some of the museum venues include: New Britain Museum of American Art in CT, Springfield Museum of Art in OH, Wright Museum of Art in WI, and a ten year survey at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME. Frances Hynes is represented by June Kelly Gallery in New York where she has shown since 1991. Frances Hynes participated in the National Workspace Program at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, NY. 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, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and others. And 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. Her painting is represented in numerous museum and corporate collections including: Brooklyn Museum, NY; Portland Museum of Art, ME; Newark Museum, NJ; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; AT&T, Alliance Capitol Management and Ariel Capitol Management among other collections. A commission was completed for Bellevue Hospital in New York. Group exhibitions include three invitationals at the National Academy of Design, New York and two at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. For a number of years her work traveled internationally through the Art in Embassies Program. Frances Hynes is a founding member of Independent Studios I. This group of artists has maintained a cooperative workspace in Long Island City since 1978. She lives in Bayside, Queens, NY and has taught at LaGuardia Community College since 1998. The artist states: "Landscape and seascape is the focus and inspiration for my recent work. But the paintings suggest that the line between abstraction and representation is not a clear one and the work exists on the cusp between the two extremes. I work from memory, but for reference take photographs and make brief, loose sketches on site. I hope to express the feel of a place rather than the actual look of it. Light changes and weather conditions are a source of inspiration. Architectural elements are often suggested and the work alludes to animal and human forms as well. A vertical/horizontal structure remains in these paintings, a remnant of the window grid painted in some of the earliest works."