Paintings by Mary Lingen
Center for Faith and Life
April 3 - May 21, 2006
Minnesota artist Mary Lingen received her B.A. in art from Augsburg College in 1981 and has been painting ever since. Her work has been exhibited in over 20 states and won numerous awards in national competitions, including Juror’s Choice Awards at the National Spring Open Exhibition at the Wayne Art Center and the Great Plains National at the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art. She has been listed in Art in America’s Annual Guide to Museums, Galleries and Artists on four separate occasions.
"I paint the places and plants that I love and know best. Of course, subject matter is the initial use. How I express it says more about whom I am, how I think, how I feel. A work begins as a representational study. The accidents of color and shape are the starting points of abstraction, complexity and chaos. I impose an organization, a systematic way for color and shapes to relate to each other and to the whole composition, discarding any imagery that doesn’t contribute. Color is the wildcard. It defies logic. I look for its magic – if it’s not right the painting is without life."