Sunset at Eight by Mavis Pusey

Sunset at Eight by Mavis Pusey

Sunset at Eight

Mavis Pusey

Title

Sunset at Eight

 
Artist

Mavis Pusey

  1928 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1966  
Technique
color lithograph 
Image Size
16 3/4 x 20 1/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
artist proof; edition under 12 
Annotations
pencil titled and dated 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove "Curtis Rag" paper 
State
proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
16383 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

Born in Jamaica in 1928 Mavis Pusey studied at the Art Students League in New York. Originally, she had studied at the Traphagen School of Fashion. However, after two years of financial difficulties, she left the school, worked in a bridal boutique, and enrolled in fine arts classes at the Art Students League, intending to study fashion design. She changed her interest to Fine Arts where she studied printmaking with Will Barnett. It was at the ASL she did these abstract geometric lithographs.

Pusey wrote about her work: "My work consists of geometric forms in a variety of rhythmical configurations. These forms are based on buildings around the Manhattan area. I am inspired by the energy and the beat of the construction and demolition of these buildings—the tempo and movement mold into a synthesis and, for me, become another aesthetic of abstraction. I use color and texture to convey the tension that is the heartbeat of the city.

I see the new construction as a rebirth, a catalyst for a new environment, and since the past must be a link to the future, in each of my works…. there is a circle to depict the never-ending continuation of natural order and all matter."

Pusey's work is included in he new Smithsonian African-American Museum in Washington, DC. and in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where her work was exhibited in "Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today" in January of 2018.