Maud Bryt

MEET MAUD

Inspired by Giorgio Morandi, Henri Matisse and David Smith, fascinated by color, balance, and musical forms, she makes oil paintings which resemble tuned contraptions of form and color— dynamic equilibriums which reference the human body and landscapes.

I met Maud in 1987 in a photo editing room. My first impression was her serious demeanor, but it was no match to her fun side. Maud had the age-old charming capacity to laugh at herself.

One day, decades later, randomly looking through social media posts, I saw this amazing bronze sculpture called “Adam.”  It was Maud’s. Without hesitation I reached out to her.  That first exchange of phone calls was a joyous reunion. The heat was intense so the air felt very still as we walked around her piece, framed by an amazing lawn. The color of the smooth, folded bronze patina was fantastic. A short drive later I got to see Adam’s counterpart “Eve,” poolside in a beautiful old East Hampton garden on Georgica Road. It almost looked like the Creation had taken place there. Later, Maud sent me images of a series of paintings she had made of swimmers. After seeing those, I was dedicated to pursuing a show of her work.

It was the heart of winter that drew me into Maud’s studio in Long Island City in Queens, NY. Walking in that first time, my eye immediately went to small paper watercolors she had tacked to the wall.  They were magnificent.  The colors she’d created showed a committed conviction. There were several sculptures around the studio but only a few paintings were in progress.  It was clear that Maud had been spending her time on sculpture. We passed a cold winter afternoon shutting out the noise of NYC and discussing her work at length, and as with all great relationships, it was as if no time had passed. Seeing her sculptures against the small watercolors left no doubt that a great body of work was about to be born.  I would visit the studio again months later and this time, no wall space was left without a painting in progress.

The current works, all oil on canvas, evolved out of those sculptures I had seen that first winter encounter. They were a dream of color inspired by places that had affected her presence and sensibility. In the early fall of 2016, Maud drove out to see the new gallery in Southampton. 29 years later, standing there in the gallery together in the golden light at the end of the day. It was a quiet moment. Dreams that come true deserve that pause.

THIS IS MAUD’S FIRST EXHIBITION ON
THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND

“With this series of paintings, I use my sculptural language of tension, balance, and gravity along with harmonic color to evoke the specific light and feel of places.  Beginning with a memory of a garden at twilight, walking on a hot stone pathway, or a thick bed of deep red roses, I transform my memories and sensations into the balance of the forms in the paintings. The paintings ask to be felt and almost heard as well as seen,” Bryt explains. “A sonata is a simple, highly structured musical form— you would recognize the themes of some of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart’s piano sonatas— usually played on one instrument. How it becomes really expressive is through the variety of how its theme is repeated, changing and building during the course of the sonata.  With my sculptures and now my paintings, I stick to one structure, a simple language of organic geometric forms balanced within a rectangular space, and then I play and build within that, depending on the specific colors and forms involved. I love the freedom this approach provides.”

Bryt began exhibiting paintings based on old family photographs in 2003 at the Atlantic Gallery in NYC and then Hoorn-Ashby Gallery in Nantucket and Sanford Smith Fine Art in Great Barrington, MA. She has always used her experience of places and people she knows as her subject matter. Her pursuit of figurative oil painting reached a high point in 2015,

HER PORTRAIT “NANA” WAS INCLUDED IN THE BP PORTRAIT AWARD EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON, THEN TRAVELED ON TO BE EXHIBITED IN SCOTLAND AND IRELAND FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

During the past five years, Bryt has also delved into sculpture, receiving her MFA in drawing and sculpture from New York Studio School in 2014. Her sculptures have been included in exhibits at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, and in the Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood exhibit of 2013, featured in the 59th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary art, and most recently been included in two group exhibits in New York City including Ways and Means: A New Look At Process and Materials in Art, curated by Jason Andrews, at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery.  Bryt’s study of sculpture has led her to develop the new abstract language she is now using for both her sculptures and paintings.

Maud Cinader was born in New York City in 1965, grew up in New York and New Mexico, and received a B.A. from Harvard University.  She lives and works in NYC and Sag Harbor. Maud and her husband Bartley Bryt have two daughters.

Maud Bryt Sonata
August 12 – September 21

Artist Reception August 24, 5-7PM
Preview her show

Kew – Oil on canvas, 60x72 in

Stables At 10am – Oil on canvas, 48x60 in

Moonlight – Oil on canvas, 48x48 in