“Without Embellishment, what is real is beautiful.
Without idealization, what is in front of us is rich with mundane splendor.” says Zinser.
What is in our gardens, what is in our kitchens, what is in our lives is heart-breakingly beautiful…this aesthetic that guided 17th Century Dutch still life painting, guided the eye and the heart of Cynthia Zinser in creating this “Kitchen & Market” exhibition of classical realist paintings.
Even in our ephemeral modern world, everything has a lineage. The strain of Calvinism that forbade paintings in Dutch churches is responsible for the stark beauty of Woodbury’s Congregationalist churches that endures century after century to today. Dutch still-life paintings were meant to be owned, hung and enjoyed–not in palaces–but in homes filled with the scents of coffee and stew and the cacophony of family life. This treatment and the scale of Cynthia Zinser’s Kitchen & Market paintings claim that lineage—not in backward-looking nostalgia—but as something that is worth preserving in our own lives..in our own homes.
These paintings were captured in the natural, northern light “of this place”. Sent forth by her mentors with “the moral duty to claim northern light wherever you find it”, she did just that by establishing her painting studio in the Switch Factory in Bantam, CT. Cynthia Zinser, too, is “of this place”. She grew up in Woodbury, returning a few years ago after raising a family in places very different from here.
A contemporary realist, trained in Beaux-Arts methods, Cynthia studied at the Art Students League of NY and received her drawing and painting certificates from the prestigious NYK Academy, Harlem Studio of Art.
Cynthia’s artwork is shown regionally and in St. Simons Island Georgia. Cynthia lives with her husband in Woodbury and is active in Washington Art Association, Arts Alliance of Woodbury, Flanders Art Committee and the NWCT Arts Council. Her works can be found in North American and European collections.
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