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Lot 246A

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Description: Mae Alice Engron
(Indiana, 1942-2007)
oil on canvas
signed lower left. After injuries sustained working as a civil servant, she attended Herron School of Art, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984, at the age of 42. She was an abstract painter who primarily painted with oil on canvas, although early in her practice, she also painted on foil to reflect light. Inspired by organic forms and patterns drawn from nature, her works center on floral abstractions, nudes, and traditional geometric abstraction and her own unique understanding of color. Mae's signature on her pieces – MAE – is as recognizable as her work. Mae was a featured artist in many exhibitions in Indianapolis, Indiana, specifically the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Black Expo, Indiana Art League, Indianapolis, Public School Business Center. Her work is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Indiana State Museum, as well as Pepsico and in private collections throughout the US and Germany. In 1991, Mae was included in "There But for the Grace: a tribute to pathfinders and visionaries", a group show of national artists at Gallery Tanner in Los Angeles. The inclusion in Gallery Tanner's exhibition on groundbreaking artists situates Mae as a seminal figure in abstraction. At the height of her career, she was one of few black women painters in pure abstraction following the death of Alma Thomas in 1978.
48"H x 48"W

  • Dimensions: 48"H x 48"W
  • Artist Name: Mae Alice Engron
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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