MUDBIRD – Closing Party!




feather knot ink on paper 19.5x42 2015 4750
My last blog was over two years ago. It was about my maternal love for a fledgling sparrow. We adopted each other, I became mama-bird, he was gaining strength but after a month he suddenly died. I wrote about how our connection informed my (then current) series SPARROW HEART. I was pregnant but did not know it. I named my son Sparrow, now he is a toddler.

MUDBIRD (a return to the beginning) is about my little Sparrow rising from the mud, being born and making his first marks – equally it is about my continuance as a producing artist through the demands & delights of motherhhood & through the threat & trauma of my own mortality.

I am a abstraction addict. I realized this when I decided to focus exclusively on painting portraits until late 2017. Setting aside abstract painting for a while feels like abstinence. My abstract painting sprung from the backgrounds of my portraits. I became more interested in painting the background & the subject faded in importance until it was gone.

As I get older life gets richly complicated. The figure re-appears – back to my portrait painting roots. I hold the gaze with struggle not escaping in the natural perfection of abstraction.

Sparrows biological father is dying.The complexity and depth of my sorrow I can not explain but when I paint a portrait of us it comes clear for a moment.

MUDBIRD a return to the beginning

UNTIL jan 16
tues thurs sat 1-6

Friday 15 JAN, 6-8pm

TBG – 616 east 9th Street NYC

in show

BEING 2 – paintings – TB
PERFORMANCE video —Christopher Lynch

MUDBIRD – paintings/performance ephemera – TB
PERFORMANCE video – Kevin O’Hanlon
Stills by Rainer Hosch

NEW PORTRAITS – Theresa Byrnes

3D photography – Bobby Bennett & M. Henry Jones

About Theresa

Australian-born, New York based artist Theresa Byrnes began to exhibit her paintings in 1986 at the age of 16. She has had over 30 solo shows at spaces including Saatchi & Saatchi in New York and Sydney, Cristianne Nienaber Contemporary Art NYC and the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. Theresa’s work is primarily about and is the exploration of natures force. Her performance pieces are described as “wondrous,” “purist,” and “uncompromising,” by London's Daily Mirror. Theresa has performed at Saint Marks Church @ The Bowery and for the Queens Council for the Arts. In 1993 Byrnes was adopted by an Aboriginal community in Arhem Land (Aust.). In 1996, Byrnes was a Young Australian of the Year. She published her autobiography, The Divine Mistake in 1999.She moved from Sydney to New York in 2000 and received Pollock-Krasner awards in 2003 and 2006. Currently The Production company Amala Films in LA are producing a bio-pic based on her book. Byrnes paints in her East Village studio, writes her second memoir and is mother to her toddler son.
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