Sharyn Finnegan


Views from West 9th and Elsewhere
December 26– January 25, 2013-14

Reception Dec. 28th, 3-6pm

Native New York artist, Sharyn Finnegan, is having a solo exhibit at the Blue Mountain Gallery dedicated to the view south from her mother’s window on West 9th Street in Greenwich Village, a view she looked at growing up, as well as early on the morning of the 11th of September 2001.

A 1971 Finnegan painting showing the cranes on the rising World Trade Center hangs next to her 2013 painting of the cranes atop the current skyscraper at the World Trade Center on a winter’s day.  Other images show that expansive view in the rain, on a summer afternoon and at night.  Done with great clarity, the particular light in each delineates the geometric forms marching towards the newest New York icon with watchtowers guarding from the sides. Glimpses of bird life and humanity enhance the enormity of the cityscape.  The intensity of Finnegan’s observations reveals her emotional connection to what she calls “the wallpaper of my life.” 

Some of the other paintings contrast with the gray and ochre of the city.  The greenness of the Bronx Botanical Garden and the whiteness of the mountains of Siglufjordur, Iceland refresh (the latter from a 2012 A.I.R . for Finnegan), but they have the same sharp observation and movement deeply inwards.  A single self-portrait, her latest in a lifetime of them, is at the center of an eight-panel work which resembles an altar piece, surrounding her with ancestral mothers, both real and divine.

This is Finnegan’s third solo exhibit at the Blue Mountain Gallery, in addition to others at various venues, including the Roswell Museum of Fine Arts, N.M. and the Southern Vermont Art Center.   Last year she won a BRIO award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and is the recipient of many A.I.R. awards, including the MacDowell Colony, N.H. and Brisons Veor in Cornwall, U.K.  Group shows include The Queen’s Museum, Gray Gallery, NYU, The Butler Institute, OH and the Dishman Museum, TX.  She has been on the faculty of Parsons the New School for Design for twenty-six years, has authored monographs in the Woman’s Art Journal and has curated exhibitions of women’s art. 

To view works in the exhibition:   For further information contact Marcia Clark, Director 646-486-4730 /


Recent solo show:

Evolution: Self-Portrait Retrospective and Recent Work, Sept. 6 – Oct. 1, 2011

Sharyn Finnegan’s images come from the coasts of England, Iceland, Newfoundland, Denmark and around her NY and Vermont homes. Her work centers on focused observation of the subject, whether figure or landscape. The time this takes dictates the technique, working deliberately on still subjects in sunshine with oils or pencil, or working loosely in charcoal on more ephemeral subjects such as fog. Depending on the situation, Finnegan’s work can leap from 4″x 6″ to 30″x 40″ or larger, or from a very horizontal format to a very vertical one. She deliberately resists the easy packaging of consistent scale, shape or subject, believing that variability and complexity is closer to our real lives and her work must reflect this.

Born in NYC, Finnegan has had 10 solo exhibits and done many artist-in residency programs internationally, including the MacDowell Colony, and, most recently in 2011, The Brisons Veor Trust in Cornwall, UK. She is currently on the faculty of Parsons The New School of Design, NYC.


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