I am excited to introduce you into a rising star in the art world who recently caught the eye of Domino Magazine

Mary Nelson Sinclair

New York, New York

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What is your training? 

Started painting in high school at the Millbrook School in the Hudson Valley.

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Earned a BFA in Art History and Fine Arts at the Pratt Insitute in Brooklyn, NY. Attended the Charles Cecil Studio (Figure Drawing) in Florence, Italy for Fall 2013.

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What inspires you and your designs?

I have always been inspired the old vs. new, in European cities especially; the decaying next to the contemporary. By having a wash of drips and scribbles next to a bold and vivid shape I am trying to communicate those peeling layers next to something new and, especially in our era, ostentatious. My recent travels to India I gained a new sense of color; I realized combinations that I never would have before. With my works on paper, I am typically drawn to referencing textiles from Africa and the Far East.

 

What is your favorite piece? 

Three favorites of my newest work (all oil/mixed media on canvas);

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I also love my work from school, especially from my printmaking days (images attached with descriptions). I haven’t really had the opportunity to work in this medium since graduating so these are very special to me!

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How has your area influenced your work?

New York is constantly changing with new coming up next to the old. Walking out my door is a daily reminder. Most importantly though, I would say that the access to galleries and museums and being exposed to contemporary art.

 

What is your favorite restaurant in NYC?

So many – Buvette,

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Edi & the Wolf,

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Swifty’s,

Barrio Chino….I could keep going

 

What is your favorite cocktail?

Grapefruit margarita

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 How do you balance personal life and work?

They are one in the same and I am very lucky that I love what I do!

 

Dream trip?

Morocco – going on it!

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Dream commission?

Someone who wasn’t afraid of color or size!

I would love to paint clients walls as if they were a canvas – I did this in my own home and it was by far the most freeing “piece” I have ever worked on.

 

favorite host / hostess gift to give?

Flowers – arranged by me – in a lovely vase

 

 Who is your style icon?

My Grandmother (Virginia, we call her Ginger). I have raided her closet and have many gems thanks to her. Her style is timeless but has that 60’s/70’s edge that I adore. She is a bold southern woman with a fabulous sense of humor that is the icing on the cake of her effortless style.

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

Jackie Saccoccio – she is somewhat established, but still on the up and up! Absolutely in love with her work. I am drawn to her graphic yet atmospheric compositions.

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What is your most treasured possession?

Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg photographed by Herb Ritts – it was given to me by my father

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 What are you reading?

The Goldfinch (finally!)

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What are you listening to?

Ariel Pink

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Kurt Vile

Future Islands

 

What are your favorite blogs / publications?

Blogs:

Into the Gloss

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I also love to get lost on Tumblr

 

Mags:

Elle Décor

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World of Interiors

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Vogue

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There is an exciting opening for Mary Nelson Sinclair at Voltz Clarke on the horizon…

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And here are a few of my favorites….

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and my personal favorite via Mary Nelson’s Tumblr and follow her on Instagram too. 

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