Mary Tidy-Coyle is a nationally showing/published artist and curator. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA, where she received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Currently Tidy-Coyle lives and works in South Florida as a professor teaching Studio Art & Art History, while continuing to produce and show her work.
In my work I am interested in how an environment can influence who we are, and how personal experiences shift perception. By sifting an experience through the creative process – I can record, document and reflect. My process is based on working in a series, in which I explore an idea, or subject, through multiples. My use of materials is based off of my subject matter, allowing me to work in a wide variety of media and techniques; from utilizing technology through filmmaking to something as traditional as painting.
In my Video artworks I am a creator of fiction- a storyteller, giving my audience just enough to compose their own narratives. As artist, filmmaker and actor in my videos I adorn many disguises; nodding to Cindy Sherman. By inserting myself into an invented world my performance as ‘actor’ allows for the re-invention of self, commenting on issues of identity and gender. I have more recently been creating video work in collaboration with international artist Cheryl Maeder, that explores the idea of ‘connection’ – between the self and the environment.
When working in more traditional materials (painting & drawing), I often rely on Art History and the formal elements to guide me. Region Series is an on-going collection of landscape paintings that are based on my travels and living experiences in different regions of the United States. I look to such artists as Richard Diebenkorn, Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery, Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler. While experiencing such diverse landscapes and environments I become inspired creatively, particularly as I ponder our current environmental climate crisis. The idea of a contemporary artist approaching the landscape – a historically traditional subject matter – may seem irrelevant, but I disagree. The landscape has never been more significant, as it is today. The paintings in this series are not of any specific location, but an idyllic filtration of my memories and feelings of an experience. The influence of the above-mentioned Color Field painters shines even more brightly in my Color Series, which is a body of work that explores the emotive effect of color.
Moving into Abstract Expressionist territory is my Palette Series. This is a collection of abstract painted works on paper, based on restriction and limitation. While painting I reduce my palette to a few color choices, and only allow myself to work within a set time frame. I feel that when given restrictions we often become most creative. This work was influenced by Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner and Grace Hartigan.
In my constructed collages and mixed media paintings I juxtaposes people, places and things, relying on imagination & memory to create an unknown reality; leaving my audience to muse.
I look forward to growing and exploring my artmaking practice in different environments and subjects – I am currently working figuratively on a series of portraits. I have been carefully studying the works of figurative artists, such as Lucian Freud, Alice Neel and Alex Katz to name a few.
2009-2011 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA, MFA, Summa Cum Laude
2003-2008 Tyler School of Art – Temple University, Philadelphia PA, BFA Painting, Magna Cum Laude
2019 hype.news Simulacra
2008 Recipient of the Allen Koss Memorial Senior Portfolio Award in Painting
Coral Springs Museum of Art, Super Natural (editor, art collaborator), Coral Springs, FL
Palm Beach State College, Faculty Show, Lake Worth, FL
7th Art Film Festival Miami, screening Video Installation Frequency (editor, art collaborator), Miami, FL
Armory Art Center, Armory Faculty Show, West Palm Beach, FL
Art Wynwood/Art Miami, Video Installation Pixel Series (editor, art collaborator), Miami, FL
Armory Art Center, New & Now Faculty Exhibition, West Palm Beach FL
Florida Atlantic University – John D. MacArthur Campus Library, Video Installation The Voyage/Frequency (editor, art collaborator), Jupiter FL
Art Palm Beach, Video Installation Frequency (editor, art collaborator), Palm Beach FL
Pop-Up Faculty Exhibition, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth FL
Flora Exhibition, featured ‘Enchanted’ – Cheryl Maeder & Diane Arrieta, Video Editor Mary Tidy-Coyle, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach FL
3 Year Extravaganza!, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
CANVAS Outdoor Museum: Local Showdown Kick-Off Exhibition, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
2 Year Extravaganza!, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
Sea-ing Vintage, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
Language Art, Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach FL
ADORN: the art that surrounds us, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
EXPOSURE: the fine art of photography, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
DETOUR: the fine art of folk, outsider and street art, ArtHouse429, West Palm Beach FL
All Along The Watchtower, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia PA
Love. Sex. Unity. Respect. , Magoski Arts Colony, Fullerton CA
Art Inter/National, Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
Intension, Bridge Club of Center City, Philadelphia PA
Containment Policy, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia PA
Liminality and the Ephemera To Enter and Exit, Mark and Unmark, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum at Ursinus College, Collegeville PA
110th Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
Venus Delta, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
The Struggle Within, Tyler School of Art -Temple University, Elkins Park PA