Cynthia Nockold is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. In her practice, Cynthia creates paintings and other mixed media works that celebrate the artist’s hand with large, painterly brush marks and colour palettes that range from subdued and earthy to bright neons.
I really love the works in Cynthia’s current Abstracts gallery. These pieces are primarily made using soft pastels on Colourfix paper. On a dark-pigmented substrate, the artist’s mark-making shows up vibrantly, giving each work the feeling of an arrangement of neon tubes shining out from a darkened street sign. The subject matter of the works feels dreamlike and mythical, with an emphasis on lines and overlapping organic forms reminiscent of flowers.
Cynthia’s still lifes celebrate colour in a calmer, more approachable fashion. The artist’s choice of subject matter is often colourful vessels arranged on a table, each painted in heavy layers of opaque pigment.