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Marie Hines Cowan

  • 20110121095020-athena_in_the_studio_1
  • 20110121095124-athena_in_the_studio_2
  • 20110121095449-auroura_s_sister
  • 20110121095555-cartoon_for_the_sistine_chapel
  • 20110121100249-felice
  • 20110121100409-medea
  • 20110121100504-pan_and_plato
  • 20110224124438-2004_persephone
  • 20110224124501-2010_red_and_black_figured_amphorae
  • 20110121100901-rosy_fingered_dawn
  • 20110121101035-the_bachante
  • 20110121101301-the_gorgon
  • 20110121101428-the_most_beautiful_woman
  • 20110224124525-2009_the_neriad
  • 20110224124542-2003_venus_in_furs



Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)
New York University

greek mythology figurative, art history, literature realism painting


My paintings are narratives, sometimes just phrases of a larger whole, sometimes longer paragraphs, but almost always part of a story. I have studied the evolution of myths as they were shared in Greek oral tradition and later passed down through literature and art, and so the stories I most often paint originate in Greek mythology. This may seem removed from today’s world and limiting but mythology is something that evolves and grows with its recountor. It takes on aspect of the culture it has joined and adds its own ideologies to that culture. Mythology is a melting pot, like New York. My paintings reflect this. I see the iconoclastic personifications of ideas, philosophies and the characters of Greek mythology in the everyday people of New York regardless of race, religion, status or age.

I work with live models selected specifically for their real-life association with the psychological aspects of the myths they embody. My subjects often look directly at the viewer. They confront the observer and demand a response.

 In my paintings, colors are pushed just a bit more than what the average eye sees. The palette is intense and aggressive, like the subject matter. I am more interested in the overwhelming intensities of nature than its subtleties, never mixing more than three colors on the palette, to arrive at what I put on the canvas.  I combine a painterly manner of laying on color with a bit of stylization.

Recent Exhibits

Marie Hines Cowan participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2014 125 Years: Women of Vision, National Association of Women Artists, Inc.
Armory Art Center WPB
Mar, 2012 Musings: the begining of an epic
Museum of Arts & Culture
Sep, 2011 The Art of Giving Back
Visual Arts Gallery - The School of Visual Arts
May, 2010 Ceres Gallery Ninth Annual National Juried Exhibition
Ceres Gallery
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