Personal Objectification: The Artwork of Cindy Press

Lets_Make_Up_40_x_40_2017_©_Cindy_Press Let’s Make Up | 40” x 40” | Oil on canvas | © Cindy Press 2017

Cindy Press is a visual artist living and working in New York. She was born and raised in Philadelphia where she graduated with a BFA in Fashion Illustration from Moore College Of Art And Design. Cindy had a successful career as a fashion designer working with artists such as Peter Max, best known for his work in the 60’s, she interpreted his paintings into wearable art.  Cindy has recently returned to her art practice after taking time off to raise her two daughters. 

My original goal was to create paintings that are simply striking and beautiful, getting back to my roots of fashion illustration.

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Wading | 60” x 48” | Oil on canvas | © Cindy Press 2017

As I started my process of reinvention I found myself drawn to images of women that are edgy and sexy.

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The Morning After | 48” x 36” | Oil on canvas | © Cindy Press 2017

Collecting clippings from magazines and editorials as inspiration, I work in a realistic manner depicting portraits and figures of females.

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Public Appearance | 40” x 30” | Oil on canvas | © Cindy Press 2017

When I begin to work I notice a peculiar shift in my thought process. I am no longer concerned about the beauty of the image but instead how it speaks to me, what does the expression or pose represent to me?

Somewhere_That's_Between_Dream_And_Awake_©_Cindy_Press
Somewhere That’s Between Dream And Awake | 60” x 48” | Oil on canvas | © Cindy Press 2017

My focus changes entirely as I consider a history of experiences while I paint.

Losing_Myself–Version_2_©_Cindy_Press
Losing Myself | 60” x 60” | Oil on canvas | © Cindy Press 2018

I think about my life, my family, and friends.

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Lean | 60” x 48” | Oil on canvas | © Cindy Press 2017

The relationships, the love, the hurt, the anguish and my own personal conflicts come into play.

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Flushed | 30” x 24 | Oil on canvas | © Cindy Press 2017

There is so much more behind a person’s appearance. Through the cult of beauty in contemporary mass media I am investigating the psychological complexity of women.

 


Cindy’s work has been included in group exhibitions nationally and is in private collections around the globe. She has been featured in Saatchiart’s printed catalogs, several online collections curated by Rebecca Wilson and hand picked to exhibit in The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn for all three editions of the fair in 2017 and 2018. She has been featured in Artmaze Magazine and published online in an interview by Artfinder.com for their “meet the artist” series and listed as one of the top 100 American best sellers.  Her work is now part of the permanent décor of the new Thompson boutique hotel in Seattle, WA.

You can see more of Cindy’s work at her website.