Frances Hynes

Frances Hynes received an MA from New York University and a BA from St. John’s University.  She studied at the Art Students League in Woodstock, NY and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.


The artist has a lengthy exhibition history beginning with the 1974 New Talent Festival, sponsored by eighteen New York galleries to provide venues for unknown artists. Poindexter Gallery participated and introduced her paintings.  A solo exhibition at Poindexter Gallery followed.  Then there were exhibitions at P.S. 1 and seven solo shows at Terry Dintenfass Gallery.  Through the years there have been over thirty solo exhibitions of her paintings. Some of the museum venues include:  New Britain Museum of American Art in CT, Springfield Museum of Art in OH, Wright Museum of Art in WI, and a ten year survey at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME.  Frances Hynes is represented by June Kelly Gallery in New York where she has shown since 1991, and by Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth Maine.


Frances Hynes participated in the National Workspace Program at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, NY.  She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for her painting and the Edwin Palmer prize for painting from the National Academy of Design.  She was a resident artist at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and others.  And she has served as a visiting artist/professor at:  Burren College of  Art, County Clare, Ireland;  Lahti Institute of Fine Arts, Finland; Memphis College of Art, Central Michigan University and Illinois State University among others.


Her painting is represented in numerous museum and corporate collections including:  Brooklyn Museum, NY;  Portland Museum of Art, ME;  Newark Museum, NJ;  New Britain Museum of American Art, CT;  Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA;  AT&T, Alliance Capitol Management and Ariel Capitol Management among other collections.  A commission was completed for Bellevue Hospital
in New York.


Group exhibitions include three invitationals at the National Academy of Design, New York and two at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  For a number of years her work traveled internationally through the Art in Embassies Program.


Frances Hynes is a founding member of Independent Studios I.  This group of artists has maintained a cooperative workspace in Long Island City since 1978.  She lives in Bayside, Queens, NY and has taught at LaGuardia Community College since 1998.


The artist states, “Landscape and seascape is the focus and inspiration for my recent work. But the paintings suggest that the line between abstraction and representation is not a clear one and the work exists on the cusp between the two extremes. I work from memory, but for reference take photographs and make brief, loose sketches on site.  I hope to express the feel of a place rather than the actual look of it.  Light changes and weather conditions are a source of inspiration.  Architectural elements are often suggested and the work alludes to animal and human forms as well.  A vertical/horizontal structure remains in these paintings, a remnant of the window grid painted in some of the earliest works.”

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013    Frances Hynes: Light of Form, Recent Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York 
2011    Frances Hynes: Meeting Points, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME
2011    Frances Hynes: Dawn to Dusk – Recent Work, Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, NY
2011    All Kinds of Weather: Recent Watercolors by Frances Hynes, in cooperation with 
            June  Kelly Gallery, Phyllis Stigliano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009    North Light: Recent Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue
2004    Parting the Air: Recent Paintings, poem by Mark Strand, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2003    Frances Hynes: Thought Charts, Visual Diaries, Suraci Gallery,
            Visual Arts Center, Marywood University, Scranton, PA 
            Frances Hynes: Present Past, Past Present, Foreman Gallery, Anderson Center 
            for the Arts, Yager Museum at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
2001    Points Out of Time, poem by Seamus Heaney, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1999    Frances Hynes: Images and Events, (1989-1999, Survey, Paintings and Works 
            on Paper), The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, ME; catalogue 
            The Shape of Time:Paintings and Works on Paper, poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, 
            June Kelly Gallery, New York 
1998    Dawn Chasing Night, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, FL; brochure
            Layers of Time, Perkinson Gallery, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 
            Millikin University, Decatur, IL 
            Paintings and Works on Paper, Nese Alpan Gallery, Roslyn, NY
1997    Songs and Wanderings, New Now Gallery, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT
1996    The Irish Paintings, University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, 
             Mount Pleasant, MI
1993    Conversations: Recent Paintings, organized by the Springfield Museum of Art, OH 
            and traveling to the Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI; brochure
            Scenes from Life/Layers of Time: Recent Works on Paper, curated by Phyllis Stigliano, Terry Dintenfass             Gallery, New York
1991    Recent Work, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
            Overview: 1985-1991, June Kelly Gallery, New York    
1989    Selected Work: 1979-1989, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1988    Frances Hynes/Painter, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
1987    Frances Hynes: Recent Work, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1985    Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1983    Frances Hynes: Recent Work, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1981    Frances Hynes: Recent Paintings, Terry Dintenfass Gallery, New York
1980    Frances Hynes, Poindexter Gallery, New York
            Frances Hynes: Paintings, The Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 Long Island City, NY

Elizabeth Moss Galleries | 251 US Route One,  Falmouth, ME 04105 | (207) 781-2620

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