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Marci Gintis


Painter and Teacher

An artist is part of a culture. My culture derives from the classic traditions of western civilization: the Greek Humanist heritage and the Judeo-Christian ethic. Awareness of this history is reflected in my painting. I am also a member of a mass society, informed by a media given to simplified sound bites. I combat this oversimplification with a more nuanced view. In my art, in painting what I feel compelled to paint, I am influenced by various contemporary in intellectual disciplines: natural science, psychology, philosophy: and by the art and thought of the past. I picture everything, from insects and flowers to life size portraits, to human rights violations. My portraits and still life are about observation, memory and loss. The political work is an outgrowth of my activities and a response to world events. Subject matter influences the medium I use. Egg tempera references the content in Italian Christian art, connecting human violations of the present to that of the past. Oil, with its greater plasticity and ability to portray things as they are, is more appropriate for my portraits and still-lifes. I consider myself a realist,but the word "realism" has a shifting definition, given by history and usage. My realism incorporates the classical and the ideal, the scientifically observed, and the expressive.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pensylvania, Marci Gintis is a long time resident of Massachusetts. She has exhibited her paintings at galleries and museums throughout the U.S., including the Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, and the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA; the Warwick MFA in Rhode Island; and the Helen Schlein Gallery, Boston. She received both her BFA and MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She is Professor Emeritus at Westfield State College. The work of Marci Gintis encompasses a wide range of ideas and techniques. Her current work on memory and loss includes cemetary landscapes from Budapest, where she resides part of the year; portraits of her family; and objects rediscovered when she closed her father's house.