Anthony's

Fine Art | Antiques

Genevieve by Mary Sauer

6,500.00
2bff9c55a5ee247fb282cdba1abcc2e1.jpeg
2bff9c55a5ee247fb282cdba1abcc2e1.jpeg

Genevieve by Mary Sauer

6,500.00

Painter Mary Sauer was born in Greenville, Kentucky in 1986. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including over a dozen shows in New York City alone. Mary is a 2014 recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for traditional figure painting and winner of the 2014 Director’s Award at the Springville Museum of Art’s annual Spring Salon. Mary's art is influenced by nineteenth century painting including John Singer Sargent, the Pre-Raphealites, and the French Academics as well as contemporary realist academic painting and fashion photography. Her philosophy is to combine the nineteenth century techniques of painting with more modern conceptual ideas, especially regarding how we present ourselves to the world psychologically.

Her work has been featured on the cover of American Art Collector Magazine, in the annual, "21 Under 31," feature in Southwest Art Magazine, and in feature articles in both International Artist Magazine and the April 2014 issue of The Artists Magazine. Her painting, 'Anna' was awarded Best in Show at the 2012 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, for which she was again a finalist in 2013. Her education includes a BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University in 2009, further studies at The Art Student's League of New York and The Grand Central Academy of Art, and an MFA from The University of Utah. For two years she apprenticed in the studio of master painter William Whitaker. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University teaching advanced life drawing, at the University of Utah teaching painting and drawing, and currently at Utah Valley University where she teaches the Painting the Human Head(portrait painting) class. Her work is in a number of permanent collections including those of the Springville Museum of Art and the LDS Church History Museum. She maintains an active portrait career and is represented by Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston, MA and Meyer Gallery in Park City, UT and currently resides near Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband David, an operatic tenor and dachshund Cocoa.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am interested in the pressure of perfection that we face in today's social structure.  Everyone struggles with perfection in some way, be it professionally, socially, or internally. We allow social media to control the expectations of the path our lives should lead. By placing prescribed expectations on ourselves, we are perpetuating inadequacy and blocking the feelings of gratitude for what we have and are.  Like the older son in the parable of the prodigal son, we are keeping ourselves from being truly happy by comparing our misfortunes to the success of others.  I am concerned with how this affects interactions between people including friends and family as well as a woman's relationship with the idea of motherhood. My hope is that we learn to accept ourselves for our strengths and weaknesses without the fear of rejection for our unique differences, whether they are criticized or hailed by society.  Maybe then we can overcome the presentation of our manufactured image and learn to have the empathy to see past our own wants in the age of the self.

 

Dimensions: 30 x 40 in. 

Add To Cart

Painter Mary Sauer was born in Greenville, Kentucky in 1986. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including over a dozen shows in New York City alone. Mary is a 2014 recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for traditional figure painting and winner of the 2014 Director’s Award at the Springville Museum of Art’s annual Spring Salon. Mary's art is influenced by nineteenth century painting including John Singer Sargent, the Pre-Raphealites, and the French Academics as well as contemporary realist academic painting and fashion photography. Her philosophy is to combine the nineteenth century techniques of painting with more modern conceptual ideas, especially regarding how we present ourselves to the world psychologically.

Her work has been featured on the cover of American Art Collector Magazine, in the annual, "21 Under 31," feature in Southwest Art Magazine, and in feature articles in both International Artist Magazine and the April 2014 issue of The Artists Magazine. Her painting, 'Anna' was awarded Best in Show at the 2012 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, for which she was again a finalist in 2013. Her education includes a BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University in 2009, further studies at The Art Student's League of New York and The Grand Central Academy of Art, and an MFA from The University of Utah. For two years she apprenticed in the studio of master painter William Whitaker. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University teaching advanced life drawing, at the University of Utah teaching painting and drawing, and currently at Utah Valley University where she teaches the Painting the Human Head(portrait painting) class. Her work is in a number of permanent collections including those of the Springville Museum of Art and the LDS Church History Museum. She maintains an active portrait career and is represented by Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston, MA and Meyer Gallery in Park City, UT and currently resides near Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband David, an operatic tenor and dachshund Cocoa.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am interested in the pressure of perfection that we face in today's social structure.  Everyone struggles with perfection in some way, be it professionally, socially, or internally. We allow social media to control the expectations of the path our lives should lead. By placing prescribed expectations on ourselves, we are perpetuating inadequacy and blocking the feelings of gratitude for what we have and are.  Like the older son in the parable of the prodigal son, we are keeping ourselves from being truly happy by comparing our misfortunes to the success of others.  I am concerned with how this affects interactions between people including friends and family as well as a woman's relationship with the idea of motherhood. My hope is that we learn to accept ourselves for our strengths and weaknesses without the fear of rejection for our unique differences, whether they are criticized or hailed by society.  Maybe then we can overcome the presentation of our manufactured image and learn to have the empathy to see past our own wants in the age of the self.

 

Dimensions: 30 x 40 in.