The Alex Adam Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition “Monotype” featuring the monotypes of Mary beth MacKenzie curated by Beñat Iglesias.
Mary Beth McKenzie always works directly from life, with many of her subjects being friends and family. She is able to match her impressions with a concern for the formal aspects of pictorial construction. There is always a subtle mood to her work. She has said, “When I paint someone, I am less concerned with likeness than with the character or spirit of that person.”
Ms. McKenzie was born in Cleveland. She studied at the Art Students League of New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Cooper School in Cleveland, and the National Academy. Her teachers were Robert Philipp, Robert Brackman, José Cintron, Daniel Greene, and Burton Silverman.
She is represented in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Brooklyn Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the National Academy, and the New-York Historical Society. Her paintings are in numerous private collections.