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Macyn Bolt

United States 1954

Installation, Painting

Macyn Bolt
Macyn Bolt
United States
October 31, 2016
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Relying on an interesting visual vocabulary based on geometric shapes and variations, Macyn Bolt is an American abstract painter. By creating his pieces, this painter desired to explore how color and form, if used properly, create shifts in visual perception. His fascinating painting and installation work mirror the balance between boldness and delicacy, a commonly found feature within this painter’s compositions. Macyn Bolt spends his time between Brooklyn and upstate Pennsylvania.

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Macyn Bolt – Simon Gallery exhibition, 2016

Macyn Bolt and His Concepts

Macyn Bolt earned his education by studying at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, where he received a BGA after graduating in the year of 1979. Furthermore, he obtained his Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in two years later. Ever since then, Bolt has been working with on developing his artistic style. He uses acrylic paint as a constant material, but his choices of surfaces do vary – Macyn utilizes canvas, wood panel, vinyl and paper, depending on the situation at hand. He creates layers of paint which result in a canvas surface that seems both polished and hand made. Additionally, Bolt also strives to achieve heightened areas via the effect of contrast. Because of such characteristics, his acrylic work has often been regarded as the work of exploring relationships between the painterly and the flat. Another important aspect of his work is scale and the size of the work holds a lot of its identity within. Macyn’s smaller works, which start around 16 x 15 inches in size, create opportunities for intimate and private interactions. However, his larger works which have been known to range up to 84 x 180 inches, encompass viewers in a contemplative aesthetic space. That way, Bolt is able to change the audience’s perceptual experiences which are an integral part of his pieces and the meaning behind them. In his own words, he desires to unveil the qualities of reflection and mirroring that are unique to the space of the abstract painting. Macyn Bolt has exhibited in multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, never failing to attract attention wherever he and his work went. Furthermore, Macyn’s pieces have managed to find their way into many corporate and institutional collections, including those of the Newark Museum, Grand Rapids Museum, the Blanton Museum, the Boca Raton Museum, Progressive Companies, the Janet Turner Print Museum, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase and TIAA-CREF. This kind of recognition only further solidifies Bolt’s significance to the contemporary scene.

Macyn Bolt’s paintings represent a visual foundation which utilizes a symmetrically divided composition to set open and closed forms, interlocking shapes and illusionary spaces for the viewers

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Macyn Bolt – Simon Gallery solo exhibition, Morristown, NJ, 2016

Seeing the Shifts

Macyn’s greatest inspiration comes from the visual riddle that can be evoked by spatial relationships between elements of the composition. Bolt’s reductive and monochromatic works are impressive to behold and offer fascinating shifts in visual perception which can be both dramatic and nuanced. Furthermore, this painter invites the audience along on a ride as he explores his concepts, allowing the viewers to interact with the fluctuating polarities of concrete and illusionary space.

This artist is represented by IdeelArt.

Macyn Bolt lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania, United States.

Featured image: Macyn Bolt – Installation at the Grand Rapids Museum, in Gand Rapids, MI, 2010
All images courtesy of IdeelArt.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Macyn BoltSimon Gallery, Morristown, NJSolo
2016About PaintingSimone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MIGroup
201540 - The Anniversary ExhibitionHal Bromm Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2015The Circle-Square GameStrohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NYGroup
2015The Lightness of Being: Part IIAllyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FLGroup
2015SatellitePop-up exhibit in NYC, Chandra Cerrito Gallery, Oakland, CAGroup
2014Macyn BoltKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Macyn BoltSimon Gallery, Morristown, NJSolo
2014Sequential AbstractionKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Constructed SpaceKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012UnknownKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Macyn BoltHeidi Cho Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2010StratigraphicChandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CAGroup
2010UnknownGrand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MIGroup
2007DoupolisChandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CAGroup
2006Macyn BoltKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006UnknownPerimeter Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2006UnknownAllyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FLGroup
2005Macyn BoltFlaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MNSolo
2004UnknownMorgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville CTGroup
2003Macyn BoltKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2002Macyn BoltI space, Chicago, ILSolo
2002UnknownKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2001Macyn BoltKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2001Macyn BoltSignal 66 Gallery, Washington D.C.Solo
1998Macyn BoltKim Foster Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1996EssenceRadix Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1995Under GlassCharles Cowles Gallery, New York,NYGroup
1995UnknownElizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1994About ColorCharles Cowles Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1991Macyn BoltHal Bromm Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1988Macyn BoltGrand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MISolo
1988Macyn BoltHal Bromm Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1987Macyn BoltSan Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, TXSolo
1987The Fictional FigureCaroline Lee Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
1986Macyn BoltHal Bromm Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1986UnknownMatthew Scott Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
1986TENHal Bromm Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1985UnknownMarianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL1Group
1985StigmataBond Gallery, New YorkGroup
1985UnknownMinnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN Group
1985The 39th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American PaintingThe Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.Group
1984UnknownBonnier Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1984TotemBonnier Gallery, New York, NYGroup