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Still Lives 1985-1995 by Mary Sims
Throughout her career, Mary Sims (1940-2004) has been celebrated for her uniquely stylized paintings of real and invented environments. Recognized not only for her elegant compositions of flat forms, juxtapositions of symbol and content, affinity for texture and detail and flawless final execution, her perceptive intelligence and wild spirit distinguished her legacy.
Comprised of five large acrylic paintings Still Lives 1985-1995 reveals Sims’ trademark process for constructing meticulous settings which she arranged, photographed, then painted.
Mary Sims was considered a Memphis painter although she lived and worked in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for the majority of her life. She was the first woman accepted into the printmaking department at the University of Iowa, where she received a BFA. She did further studies in Rome and then received her MFA from Tulane University. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, she taught art at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College). Her work was frequently exhibited in the region and far beyond, including at her long-term dealers in Houston, Tulsa, Los Angeles and New York. Her work is in the collections of major private and public collections including John Grisham, Mary Tyler Moore and Burt Reynolds, as well as the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; The Assisi Foundation, Memphis; First Tennessee Bank, Memphis; the Kemper Collection, Kansas City; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; nexAir, Memphis; Rhodes College, Memphis; and the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, among others.
Source: David Lusk Gallery
Contact: (615) 780-9990
INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*
Additional time info:
Virtual Tour: Wednesday, March 24, 12:30pm.
Open House: Saturday, April 10, 11am-3pm.
516 Hagan Street, Wedgewood/Houston Neighborhood, Nashville, TN 37203