MARY PHELAN

I am a landscape artist working in oil on linen. My subject is primarily the urban environment, especially the commonplace and overlooked settings in my Chicago neighborhood, which I find particularly expressive of the human condition. I’m also inspired by the interchanges of public and private spaces that exist in this dense environment.
My previous art career included chairing the Life Drawing and Foundations Departments at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, where I was an instructor of drawing. I have also done magazine and book illustration and commissioned works for universities, hospitals, museums, and private collections, many of which are portraits.
My work is represented in the collections of the Dubuque Museum of Art (Iowa), the University of Illinois (Urbana), Robert Morris University (Chicago), the University of Illinois (Chicago), and the Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), among other institutions. Also see: The Urban Tree Book (Random House).
A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University and the American Academy of Art, I live in Chicago with my husband, the writer Arthur Plotnik.

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