fine art of the human form

The Art of Mary Westring

Mary received her training at the University of Wisconsin and the Ruth Leaf Workshop. She was a founding member of the Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington, NY and taught printmaking at the L.I. Arts Council at Freeport, NY. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and works from her studio in Williamsburg, where she also teaches to process of etching. She has had numerous one-woman exhibitions, including two at Figureworks, the Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Recent Works Gallery in Lancaster, Pa, the Princeton Art Association, the Silvermine Guild of Artists and an exhibit entitled "Hiroshima: Questions" in Sapporo, Japan, where she lived and painted for one year. Her work is in many private and corporate collections.Mary Westring's  approach to commuters on the NYC subway is isolated to the hands that grip the support poles. Passengers all find themselves staring blankly at the poles between stops and rarely reflect on the many hands that are gripping the poles with them. Mary has taken the time to execute this fleeting moment in a limited edition of finely detailed and beautifully rendered etchings.

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Komagum Joseph - My Gentle Son, 2012, oil and colored pencil on paper, 22" x 30"

In 2002, Mary Westring traveled to Uganda to confront the ongoing abduction of children who were taken by the Lord's Resistance Army and used as porters, child soldiers and "wives". She documented these children through individual portraits expressing their pain and suffering.

Ten years later, Mary has again documented these "Children of Conflict", this time with young adults who have lived through this horrific past and become the next generation addressing the changing needs of Uganda. Profoundly different from the children depicted ten years ago, this grouping shows healthy, hopeful and joyous young adults who are now attending college.

Mary and her family have worked for many years to bring attention to this crisis through a small but dedicated organization,, which continues to provide much needed support for the positive changes in these children's lives.

Figureworks is honored to be able to showcase these portraits with their stories.

Following is an example from her former series created in 2002.

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Ojara Fraancis - Children of Conflict I
, 2002, Colored pencil, dry pigment, gesso on paper, 22" x 30"

Mary, a master etcher, has also recently created six unique etchings - three vertical entitled Holding On I, II, III and three horizontal entitled Hanging On I, II, III. She has limited her edition to 15. Ten are printed in a rich sepia color on acid free white rag paper and five are printed in traditional black on acid free white rag paper. Image size is 23-1/4" x 6-1/4", paper size is 29" x 11". Individually each piece is $400.00 unframed. The complete set of six is $2000.00.

Pictured below in order is Holding On I, Holding On II, Holding On III (in black)

Pictured below in order is Hanging On I, Hanging On II, Hanging On III (in sepia)

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