Watercolor and Oil Pastel
Oil Pastel Drawings
Lily Prince has her B.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design, her M.F.A. from Bard College and studied at Skowhegan. Lily participated in The Bronx Museum's Art-in-the-Marketplace Program and studied abroad on R.I.S.D.’s European Honors Program in Rome. Prince has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including in England, Germany, Israel, Poland, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among others. She has been awarded commissions by numerous hotels and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Her book of portraits with writer Richard Klin’s profiles, Something To Say: Thoughts on Art and Politics in America, was published by Leapfrog Press, 2011. Prince was just commissioned to create 75 illustrations for the book Abstract Expressionism For Beginners, published by For Beginners Books, August 2016.
Lily Prince was one of only two international artists awarded a fully-funded residency at the BAU Institute in Italy, 2013. Prince’s solo show Here, There and Everywhere was at Vassar College, 2013; In 2014 her work was featured in numerous shows and publications including Force of Nature at SUNY Ulster’s Muroff-Kotler Gallery. She was chosen for Draftsmen’s Congress, a residency with international artists at New York’s The New Museum and had work in the Weatherspoon Museum’s Works on Paper Biennial. Her work traveled with Pierogi Gallery’s exhibition to Sorrento, Italy. She had a solo museum show Dream State in Naples, FL, 2016 and in 2017 joined Littlejohn Contemporary, NY, with whom she showed her work at Art On Paper.
Lily Prince’s work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, the Newark Star Ledger, New American Paintings, San Francisco Weekly, The Bloomsbury Review, Rain Taxi, Jewish Currents Magazine, Chronogram magazine, and the literary journal Crossborder. A catalogue of her drawings The Ten Plagues was published, with poems by David Shapiro, by The Paterson Museum. Prince has lectured widely, including at Yale, Vassar, Cornell, RISD’s European Honors Program, Pratt and at the Artists Talk on Art series. Prince was interviewed on WVKR radio for their cultural currents show as well as on WBAI and WAMC, among others. Lily Prince lives in NY and is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University.
Critic, poet and art historian David Shapiro has written about Prince's work in his essay for the catalogue Paper Point Blank:
She seems to have a learned scattering, the carefulness that counts, and the multiple humors of the body. It is easy to discern a Tantric centering that might also be part of the heritage of her essential syncretism. These richly colored works speak of a bold mysticity. But the balance and Eros of the work is strange and strongly painterly, and strong too its reliance on a devastating doubleness of vision. In Prince, one is observing both the pleasures of observation and a severe and principled devotion to abstraction.
"I take to heart the adage that beauty is the greatest form of protest. Working en plein air, I attempt to take what I experience observationally in nature and translate it into a language of personal expression and universal significance. I consider myself an explorer of specific terrains, studying the atmosphere of diverse spaces. In these times of environmental and societal devastation, I consider it a political act to immerse myself in the landscape to record the natural beauty lurking there: perhaps to incite the arousal of sentiment, a stirring of connectedness.
My work combines perception in the moment, memory of past space and aspiration of future place. New York's Hudson Valley, Italy, and Florida are among the places I explore through plein air drawing. My oil pastel drawings function as research for studio works that are either watercolor, oil paint or oil pastel and watercolor combined. This travel research of plein air drawing and painting gives me the information necessary to produce new studio works, which combine elements from all the landscapes I explore. New York’s Hudson Valley contributes distant mountains and rows of corn fields; the landscape of Italy’s Crete Senesi has given my work the twisting, intertwining, ordered, pattern-infused hills; Florida’s flora and flat space has given my work an intensity of light and color as well as a sense of temperature. In my work, observational gesture meets abstract mark-making, creating an ordered chaos of the natural world."