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Mary Manning

b. 1950 , Hartford , CT

Mary Manning’s abstract paintings and monotypes are recognized for their exuberant color and strong graphic elements. Drawing inspiration from literature, music, nature, and current events, her work reflects a lifelong curiosity of experimentation and commitment to exposure to a wide range of creative endeavors. Of her creative processes, Manning’s painting method is slow and considered as she rearranges, adjusts, and develops a painting carefully over a length of time. Alternatively, her process is the print shop is characterized by spontaneity and decisive action as she, ‘gives [herself] over to the immediacy of the printmaking process.’ Prioritizing color above all other aesthetic considerations, Manning gives herself challenges to resolve in each piece such as working with a certain number of prescribed shapes or colors. Ultimately, Manning finds working within set boundaries liberating.

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Mary Manning, "Northern Gannett"

Northern Gannett

Mary Manning, "The Night Hawk," monotype

The Night Hawk

Mary Manning, "Weeks Bay"

Weeks Bay

Mary Manning, "Lake Coquille"

Lake Coquille

Lake Boudreau

Lake Boudreau