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Selected Works by Mary Ann Currier

“Mary Ann Currier paints the world both around and within her, illuminating the majesty and mystery of the everyday with her concentrated, poetic vision,” wrote Alice Gray Stites, curator of the retrospective exhibit of Currier’s work at the Speed Art Museum in 2005.

Born and raised in Louisville, Currier studied in Chicago and then returned to Louisville to teach at the Louisville School of Art. In the 1960s and ’70s, she experimented with a variety of styles, forms, and materials, but by the mid-1970s, she was focusing on still-life painting. Her works have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and are included in numerous private, corporate, and public collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Speed Art Museum, the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, American Express, ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and Cargill Inc.

Currier is regarded as an important contemporary American realist painter. As narrative from the Speed Museum notes, “While Currier’s fruits and vegetables, dishes, and textiles demonstrate the influence of the Old Master Dutch and Spanish still-life painters, they are clearly of this moment. They illustrate the continued vitality of realism in contemporary art, emphasizing the visual poetry in the artist’s large-scale still-life paintings.”

This online gallery reflects a progression of Currier’s works, including examples of stripe paintings and black-and-white florals from the 1970s; color pastels and her “postcard series” from the 1980s; and her more recent works depicting glass, fruit, and roses.

Du ... (c. 1973)

Acrylic on canvas
20 by 40 inches
Collection of the artist

Petunia II (1978)

Oil on canvas
35 by 72 inches
Private collection

Saltshaker (c. 1972-3)

Acrylic on canvas
14 by 40 inches
Collection of the artist

Onions and Saltshaker (1980)

Pastel
35-1/2 by 59-3/4 inches
Private collection

East Palatka Onions (1983)

Oil pastel
35-1/2 by 59-3/4 inches
Private collection

Apples in Basket (1983)

Oil pastel
29-1/4 by 39-1/2 inches
Private collection

Apples and Mail (1987)

Oil pastel
52 by 60 inches
Private collection

Peaches Bruyn (1988)

Oil pastel
33-3/4 by 34 inches
Robert W. Eickmeyer

Apples Cezanne (1989)

Oil pastel
26 by 31-1/4 inches
Private collection

Plums Van Der Weyden (1989)

Oil pastel
23-1/2 by 34-1/2 inches
Private collection

Apricots Degas (1989)

Oil pastel
24-1/2 by 31 inches
Private collection

Pears in Plastic (1991)

Oil pastel
20-1/4 by 34 inches
Private collection

Bonita (1996)

Charcoal
13 by 20-1/2 inches
University of Louisville

Banana Samba (1996)

Oil pastel
13-1/2 by 22-3/4 inches
Private collection

Glass w. Banana (1998)

Oil pastel
21-1/4 by 31-3/4 inches
Private collection

Glass and Albers (1999)

Oil pastel
24-3/4 by 21-1/2 inches
Private collection

On Chiffon (2002)

Oil on museum board
15 by 24 inches
Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY and Santa Fe, NM

Two Roses (2004)

Charcoal on gray paper
17-5/8 by 23-1/4 inches
Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY and Santa Fe, NM