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Mary Hambleton

Pamela Auchincloss Gallery

Over the last five years, as Mary Hambleton’s paintings have appeared in numerous group shows around town, she has emerged as an artist worthy of our closer attention. Her highly emotive forms have never seemed contrived; instead, they spoke of and for the intellectual integrity underlying her approach to abstraction. In this exhibition of 12 works from 1987—her first solo show—Hambleton displayed the full expressive range of her compelling plastic vision: her powers of composition and graphic descriptiveness, and her ability to charge surfaces—using the texture and weight of oil pigment—with a meaning beyond lively interplays of shape and color. A tremendous energy arises from these objects, an energy physical and sensual in origin, yet imbued with an idealism that places them in the realm of the purely symbolic.

Tiller, for example, is a horizontal work divided into two unequal sections

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