Mavis Pusey Abstract Painting

"My work consists of geometrical forms in a variety of geometrical configurations. These forms are based on buildings around the Manhattan area. I am insprired by the energy and the beat of the construction and demolition of these buildings -- the tempo and movement mold into a synthesis and, for me, become another aesthetic of abstraction."

Mavis Pusey Print






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Mavis Pusey

Mavis Pusey's unique aesthetic evolved over the course of a remarkable life and career that took her from rural Jamaica to the vibrant art scenes of New York, London, and Paris in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. The dialectic seen in her work --- of birth, destruction, and re-birth --- mirrored her experiences as a mid-century African-American woman artist and expressed her senstivity to the "movement" of the city. Her work shares traits with several non-objective painting and printmaking schools ---- constructivism, cubism, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionsim, Hayter's Atelier 17--- but Pusey's work is imbued with an energy and vitality, informed by her aesthetic, that makes it exceptional.

Born in Jamaica in 1928, Mavis Pusey became a distinguished African-American painter, printmaker, and teacher. Mavis Pusey left her native Jamaica at the age of 18 to study at the Art Student's League. Pusey lived and worked in New York, London, and Paris until moving to Virginia to teach in the 1990s. Pusey studied with Will Barnet in the 1950s, received awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, worked in the Robert Blackburn Printmaking studios for several years, exhibited at the Rainbow Art Foundation, and was included in numerous major exhibitions including the seminal "Contemporary Black Artists in America" held at the Whitney in 1971.

Mavis Pusey's Urban Vision