In her artmaking, Cynthia Back stresses recycling – older work, print proofs, paintings on paper. The images chosen have symbolic and emotional content, reusing and valuing the past. Prints, combined with paint, become collages, cut for color, detail, and pattern. Each work is a reflection about landscape, especially oceans, rivers, streams, and wetlands. Back is drawn to portray water for its design and abstract qualities, and as a constantly changing source of beauty and pleasure.
Name: Cynthia Back
Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Wimbledon College of Art, London, England, 1977 (junior-year abroad)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1978, BFA
St. Martin’s School of Art, London, England, 1979 (post-graduate certificate)
Significant or special training:
Printmaking courses at Manhattan Graphics Center and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia
Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Vijay Kumar, printmaking, Manhattan Graphics Center, Basil Towne, Wimbledon College of Art
Particular field of study or class work:
Painting and illustration
Major influences/admired artists:
My major influences are Turner, Stanley Spencer, Richard Dadd, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Edgar Degas, Cezanne, Amish quilts, Indian miniatures and Tibetan painting, Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese painting.
Anselm Kiefer, Norman Ackroyd, Shelley Thorstensen
Favorite materials or media:
Paper, printmaking (relief/wood and intaglio), gouache paint, oil paint
Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
The Print Center, Philadelphia
Washington Printmakers Gallery, D.C.
William Riis Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ
Central Booking, NYC
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