Lily Prince

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Lago di Como

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San Giovanni d'Asso

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Olana

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Dream State

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 San Giovanni d'Asso 47, 2017, watercolor and gouache on paper, 60x70

San Giovanni d'Asso 47, 2017, watercolor and gouache on paper, 60x70

Littlejohn Contemporary opens exhibition of works by Lily Prince

NEW YORK, NY.- Littlejohn Contemporary is presenting a one-person exhibition of recent paintings by Lily Prince. The exhibit, Recurring Waves of Arrival, runs from March 8 through April 21, 2018. The exhibition title, Recurring Waves of Arrival, is taken from a line in a John Ashbery poem.

Lily Prince, whose process includes oil pastel drawings and watercolor and gouache paintings, has an extensive exhibition and publication record. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and has had her work included in numerous publications and commissions. The paintings in this exhibition, Prince’s first with the gallery, are all inspired by her repeated travels to Italy, where she returns to draw frequently. Her San Giovanni d’Asso series began in 2013 when she was staying for an extended time in a tiny Tuscan village, after completing an artist residency in southern Italy on the Adriatic Sea.

Plein air drawing and painting is the basis for all of Prince’s work. Her love of nature and passion for the beauty of specific terrains inspire her studio work which she does in an 1850’s barn near the Catskill Mountains in New York’s Hudson Valley. This past summer, Prince had another extended stay in Italy-- this time overlooking Lake Como where she began a second series of paintings for her larger studio works inspired by the patterns and rhythms of that particular landscape.

‘These richly colored works speak of a bold mysticity’, critic and poet David Shapiro has written about Prince’s work. ‘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.’

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 Lago di Como 1, 2017, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55x64.

Lago di Como 1, 2017, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55x64.

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For a breath of summery euphoria, check out Lily Prince’s solo at Jacquie Littlejohn Contemporary (through April 21). Her most recent series of buoyant, unabashedly lyrical watercolors celebrate the landscape around Lake Como and San Giovanni d’Asso. “Undulating hills, rippling fertile fields, echoing distant mountains and shifting skies, have a sense of movement that knock the viewer slightly off-balance,” says the press release for the show. “Prince’s watercolor and gouache paintings, which range in scale from small to quite large, give the viewer the sense of flying through them, hovering, as the earth shifts in subtle twists and turns.


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LILY PRINCE

 Lago di Como 2, 2017, 55x64, Watercolor and gouache on paper

Lago di Como 2, 2017, 55x64, Watercolor and gouache on paper

B. 1962 in Jersey City, New Jersey

“Making art was always the thing I most loved to do as a child and that sentiment has continued throughout my life,” says the contemporary painter Lily Prince. Her oil pastel drawings and watercolor and gouache paintings explore perception in the moment, memory of past space and aspiration of future place. “I take to heart the adage that beauty is the greatest form of protest. Working en plein air and in the studio, I attempt to take what I experience observationally in nature and translate it into a language of personal expression and universal significance.” An explorer of multiple terrains and atmospheres, Prince’s work takes on political significance in these times of concerted environmental and societal devastation. Prince remarks, “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.” Lily both travels to inspiring locations to paint and draw as well as enjoys working out of her 1850’s barn in upstate NY, where she can make larger studio works. She’d love to live in a warmer climate where should could work outdoors year round. Her first solo show in New York City “Recurring Waves of Arrival,” is up through April 21st at Littlejohn Contemporary in Chelsea. The exhibition consists of paintings Prince completed last year while living in Italy. Next up, she’s scouting new locations for a series she’ll complete back in her studio upstate.

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 San Giovanni d'Asso 33, 2016, watercolor and gouache, 60 x 70

San Giovanni d'Asso 33, 2016, watercolor and gouache, 60 x 70

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.

 


 San Giovanni D'Asso 42, 2017, watercolor and gouache on paper, 14 x 15

San Giovanni D'Asso 42, 2017, watercolor and gouache on paper, 14 x 15

 "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." 

Lily Prince