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Mary Hurst

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The Incredulous Sky at Schnebly Hill, 2014 Oil on Canvas 50" X 20" © Mary Hurst
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Blue Hole in Winter, 2013 Oil on Canvas 40" X 60" © Mary Hurst 2013
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Cliff Magic, 2013 Oil on Canvas 30 © Mary Hurst 2013
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The Golden Flourish, 2013 Oil on Canvas 20" X 16" © Mary Hurst
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Our Boundless Depth Awaits, 2012 Oil on Canvas © Mary Hurst
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Verdant Impulse, 2012 Oil on Canvas 26" X 18" © Mary Hurst
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Celebration 1, 2010 Oil on Canvas 14"x19" © Mary Hurst
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Celebration 2, 2010 Oil on Canvas 10"x12" © Mary Hurst
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The Newborn Thing, 2010 Oil on Canvas 50 X 68 Inches © Mary Hurst
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Serious Business, 2010 Oil on Canvas 6 X 12 X 1.5 Inches © Mary Hurst
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Life of Winter, 2009 Oil on Canvas 56 X 89 X 2.5 Inches © Mary Hurst
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Blue and Gold, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36 X 60 X 2 Inches © Mary Hurst
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Shadow Self, 2012 Oil on Ceramic 40" X 30" © Mary Hurst
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Seeker, 2012 Oil on Canvas 40" X 30" © Mary Hurst
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Anima/Animus, 2012 Oil on Ceramic 40" X 30" © Mary Hurst
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On the Cusp, 2012 Oil on Canvas 30" X 40" © Mary Hurst
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Last Spring, 2012 Oil on Ceramic 40" X 30" © Mary Hurst
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Waking the Serpent, 2012 Oil on Ceramic 40" X 30" © Mary Hurst
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Warm Winter, 2012 Oil on Canvas 12 X 30 Inches © Mary Hurst
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Untitled, 2011 Oil on Canvas 9" X 12" © Mary Jane Hurst
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Fern Creek Faie, 2011 Oil on Canvas 12" X 36" © Mary Jane Hurst
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Modern Holiday #3, 2011 Oil on Canvas 6" X 4" © Mary Jane Hurst
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Sea Change, 2011 Oil on Linen 11" X 14" © Mary Hurst
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Reckoning, 2011 Oil on Linen 11" X 14" © Mary Hurst
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Reception, 2011 Oil on Canvas 18" X 36" © Mary Hurst
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Inheritance, 2011 Oil on Canvas 36" X 36" © Mary Hurst
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Habitat, 2011 Oil on Linen 30" X 40" © Mary Hurst
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For Janet, 2010-2011 Oil on Linen 6" X 12" © Mary Jane Hurst
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Mischief, 2010 Oil on Canvas 6"x12" © Mary Hurst
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Feasters, 2009 Oil on Canvas 18.5"x20" © Mary Hurst
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Mapping 2, 2008, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36 X 60 X 2 Inches © Mary Hurst
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Beachfront, 2010 Oil on Linen 6"x12" © Mary Hurst
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Messing About, 2010 Oil on Linen 6"x12" © Mary Hurst
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Stretchhound, 2010 Oil on Linen 6"x12" © Mary Hurst
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Groundwork, 2010 Oil on Canvas 18" X 36" © Mary Hurst
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A Gnome, 2009 Oil on Canvas 30" X 20" © Mary Hurst
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Elegant Planet, 2009 Oil on Canvas 36" X 35" © Mary Hurst
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Matilija Canyon 2, 2011 Oil on Ceramic 6" Diameter Circle © Mary Hurst
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Matilija Canyon 1, 2011 Oil on Ceramic 4" X 4" © Mary Hurst
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Personal Space, 2011 Oil on Canvas 12" X 6" © Mary Hurst
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Admiration, 2011 Oil on Canvas 12" X 6" © Mary Hurst
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The Golden Flourish, 2013 Oil on Canvas 20 X 16 Inches © Mary Hurst
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Matilija Canyon 3, 2011 Oil on Ceramic 4" X 4" © Mary Hurst
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Fayetteville, WV
Birth year
1984
Lives in
Lewisburg, WV
Works in
Lewisburg, WV
Schools
West Virginia University, 2009, BFA
Representing galleries
David L. Dickirson Gallery
Tags
landscape, abstract, figurative
Statement

Artist Statement 

I am compelled by perceptions of an unseen spirit around and within us, both mysterious and beautiful.  At the root of my approach as an oil painter is an ability to detect unexpected moments of beauty that provide initial inspiration for the act of painting.  My painting process, when most effective, is dominated by a quiet mind and intuitive problem solving.  Continual adjustments of lines, forms, and colors are made until the flow of a composition is unblocked, its energy liberated. I build up many translucent layers of paint creating rich, bold colors.  My subject matter varies from plant forms and forest scenes, to abstractions of the human figure and animals. My style combines decorative elements with naturalism, and employs small, playful shapes suggestive of symbols.  This minute detail is intended to invite the viewer in for closer inspection. Just as the process begins with a pause to appreciate a moment of wonder in nature, the goal of the end result is a new interpretation of this moment, and a parallel pause for a deeper look into our world.   

 

Artist Bio

Born 1984 in West Virginia
Currently living and working in southern West Virginia 

Education    2009    BFA, Studio Painting - West Virginia University, minor in Art History

Selected Exhibitions

Jan. 27 - Mar.15          Places and Spaces, David L. Dickirson Gallery

May 2012                Group show, Annex Gallery, Charleston, WV

Dec '11 - Mar '12      Solo show, Vandalian, Fayetteville, WV

Nov '11 - Jan '12      Holiday Bazaar group show, Annex Gallery, Charleston, WV

Oct 2011                 Trunk show, Colony Gallery at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV

Sept - Nov 2011       Solo show, Pies & Pints, Charleston, WV 

July 2011                "Laugh Out Loud" group show, Bunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, CA

Feb 2011                 "All U Can Eat" group show, Bunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, CA

Dec '10 - Feb '11      "Life of Winter" solo show, Vandalian, Fayetteville, WV

July - Aug 2010        Special Guests Exhibit, Cynthia Bickey Gallery, Beckley, WV

May 2010                Solo show, MountainMade Gallery, Thomas, WV

Apr - June 2010       Landscapes Show, David L. Dickirson Gallery, Beckley, WV

Feb - Apr 2010         Emerging Artists Show, David L. Dickirson Gallery, Beckley, WV  

Spring 2009             BFA Show,  Paul Mesaros Gallery, Morgantown, WV

Other Experience

Oct 2011                Painting demonstration at The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, WV
Aug '10 - Aug '11     VP of production and finish artist, A19 Inc.  Ontario, CA
Winter 2009-10        Juried into Tamarack Foundation, Beckley, WV
                              Juried into MountainMade Foundation, Thomas, WV
Summer 2009    Mural Painting as Americorps VISTA volunteer at Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fayetteville, WV
Summer 2004          Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer in Moshi, Tanzania
Spring 2001             Service learning semester at Court Street Gallery, Fayetteville, WV
Summer 2000          WV Governor’s School for the Arts, Huntington, WV