Three Paintings by Richard Mayhew, Betty Parsons, and Jane Wilson
January 28, 2023 – June 4, 2023
Oil on canvas
Museum purchase: Town of Huntington Art Acquisition Fund
This focused installation brings together the work of three Long Island artists who boldly paved their own creative paths. Mayhew (b. 1924), Parsons (1900-1982), and Wilson (1924-2015) each created abstract paintings inspired, in part, by their experiences of nature, specific landscapes, or weather. They all worked in New York City during the 1950s, when Abstract Expressionism was the dominant style. Artists of color and artists who were women were sidelined by many galleries and museums throughout the twentieth century. Mayhew and Wilson forged careers by teaching and by joining artist collectives (Spiral for Mayhew; Hansa Gallery for Wilson), while Parsons started her own influential commercial art gallery.