Cynthia Large

b. 1972


Theology is combined in Cynthia Large's paintings and assemblages with ideas about music and mental illness; these themes form the (sometimes) overlapping spheres of genius, madness, and spiritual ecstasy. In 1990 she moved to New York, received my B.F.A. from Parson's School of Design in 1994, and then spent two years in the Netherlands, examining the art and religious upheavals of the late Middle Ages. During this period she studied the techniques of the early Flemish painters, and developed a method of painting based on what she learned. Egg tempera and oil are Large’s primary mediums; the process is labor intensive, and each painting takes nearly two years to complete. The frames are handmade of various woods, with inlaid marquetry panels, and the artist often incorporates salvaged piano keys and organ pipes into her work. Cynthia Large is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, and believes that artistic talent is a gift from God, as all gifts are. Large strives, in her daily work, to honor that gift, and to remember the One who bestowed it.