by Marimar McNaughton August 2015
Floating is freedom in Angie Sinclair's figurative paintings of swimmers in pools.
A visit to her Acme Art studio, inside the artist's den -- a rehabbed north side warehouse --
feels as refreshing as an adult swim in the country club pool on a vapid August afternoon. It's just you and your heartbeat under clear chlorinated water, tinted blue by a cool cement bottom. Sinclair floats between two worlds -- the one she and her family invented for themselves in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Wilmington, North Carolina, home where her husband has roots. She floats between two mediums too -- hard-edged, colorful mosaic tile works, and her paintings. After her teenage years, she weaned herself away from the bohemian New York boutique lifestyle in which she was famed for making patchwork skirts with her actress/model mother. Sinclair gravitated toward mosaic art when she moved to Las Vegas.
"I really needed an outlet," she says, suggesting the deconstruction of textiles inspired textural forms, from 1950-era film sirens to mythic mermaids clad in vintage swimsuits. "Now I'm really interested in painting all of the time."
Sinclair models the figures in her art from photographs of family members, including her children.
"Both of my kids were competitive swimmers in Las Vegas, so for years, since they were little, I was taking them to the swim meets and the pools, and for maybe four hours every day, including Sundays, they were swimming. I was always looking at water patterns and splashes," she says. "I was so fascinated by the shadows...the reflections."
In painting, her work is fluid. Movement is implied in compositions small and large -- in a trio of square oils, loosely titled: "Almost There," "Close," "Drifting," in which the swimmer is submerged -- and in the swirl of water and flourish of bubbles seen in larger works like "Swim Around" and "Miss Flo."
In "Water Lily," a swimmer's face floats to the surface, hair tucked neatly under a white bathing cap. The placement of an arm suggests she's mid backstroke, while her torso, sheathed in a red one piece, disappears and re-emerges.
"I like the freedom. I like the peacefulness of it, the calmness of the pieces as well," Sinclair says.
Sometimes it's about the brushstroke, the warmth of skin tones amid water colors that draws Sinclair to love her own work that began some years ago when she posed family members, fully clothed, on hot pink inflatable rafts on a swimming pool surface. "Family Time," a 5- by 6- foot canvas, was the illustration for her Christmas card that year. It's a whimsical, relaxing composition that launched the body of work she expects will keep her hand moving for a while longer.
Sinclair is exhibiting now at Cheryl McGinnis Gallery's Sherwin Williams installation in New York City; All About Art on Bald Head Island; and New Elements Gallery in Wilmington where her work was recently juried into representation.
"Initially we were excited about her mosaic work," says gallery owner Miriam Oehrlein. "Her work is really beautiful. . . . The water, the reflections, there's something very soothing."
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"I'm truly taken with Angie Sinclair's Bather Series. The artist draws upon her own relationship to water, children and families. Through the use of fractured, lush brushstrokes and a cool palate Angie captures seemingly ordinary moments in time and renders them magical as the viewer realizes that children and families, like waves themselves, are ephemeral, transitional and vitalizing. "
Summers spent relaxing in water are inspirational, at least for Angie Sinclair. She and her husband split their time between Wilmington and Las Vegas, and the summers in the Port City provide her an opportunity to study water and how the body reacts to it.
Sinclair’s water series start with photographs.
The New York native has earned a wave of recognition from her water series. Recently, she won first place for “Water Goddesses” in an exhibition through the Women’s Art Guild in Wilmington.
In the water series, painted canvases feature crisp blue-hued scenes of people skimming along water’s reflective surfaces. Hints of reflective colors skim across the canvas and cling close to the figures.
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Press from Arts Now NC July 13 2016
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by Laken Geiger
Calhoun Gala, Museum of Natural History, NY,NY 2017
"A man, in business shirt and jagged tie, swims submerged up to his neck in Angie Sinclair's mysterious "Cooling Down." Above the surface of the water we glimpse an obfuscated world of playful lights, a distorted realm lying just beyond the rippling waters. Bubbles and bursts of refracted colors hide the man's face and obscure his mood. Perhaps he has found himself in peril, flailing and helpless, as the waters threaten to devour him. But I, in the waves of soft and friendly oils, see an escape. A chance to exist, as much as possible, beneath the jagged pastel shards of a frantic world. A moment to relax and enjoy the cold clarity of calm waters."
Georgia writer -Gunnar Ohberg 7/7/17
1st place WAG judges note July 7th 2016
“trio floating women”
• An Homage to the Women of Wilmington and Cape Fear Region
• Symbolism found in
o Strength of trinity
o Holding hands
o Water element
o Floating / relaxed
o Movement / not stagnant
o Similar but different female images
• Strong composition – brings viewer in, looseness of exterior, swirling inward to more detailed focal point
Charleston Style and Design Magazine
6/23/17 Together Swimmingly instagram post for Atelier Gallery
“Late Night Dip”, by local Wilmington artist Angie Sinclair, is a 30in. X 48in. oil painting located in an art gallery in Downtown Wilmington, NC, named “New Elements Gallery”, The picture is portrayed in a beautiful 3-D world, made possible by the effective use of shadowing, light/dark contrasts, and the placement of the man along with the angle from the viewer’s perspective. The elements present in the painting suggests the idea of a naturalistic work of art, from its representation of the man, clothes, and the three-dimensional space occupied by floor, walls, water, light, and shadows.
Symmetry in Late Night Dip is present above, below, and on each side of the black pants worn by the man in the painting, due to similar color themes, style of lines, and light/dark effects. In order to depict the effects of light on the surface of the pool reflecting downwards to its bottom and changing the way the man and his outfit look, Sinclair made excellent use of sharp-edged, quick lines accompanied by various round, triangular shapes. The impression of light being projected through the water, hitting the bottom of the pool, is accentuated by the contrast of those sharp lines and shapes with a plainer, smoother background (pool’s back wall). There’s much of a refreshing, while simultaneously calm, soothing, and happy feel, brought on by the environment depicted, cool color themes, and body language of her son. Finally, one of the best aspects of this work is the intense idea of motion transmitted by such careful technique, lines, shapes, brush strokes, and lighting.
Augusto A. de Oliveira Neto
Star News July 21 2016
There's something in the water for Reflections artists -Justin Lacy
Angie Sinclair’s water series began as photographs. Her inspiration came from watching her
children swim, both playfully and competitively. She was mesmerized by the way the water
seemed to mystify the body and wanted to find a way to capture the interaction of water, body
and light. Her painted canvases feature crisp blue-hued scenes of people skimming along water’s
reflective surfaces. Hints of reflective colors skim across the canvas and cling close to the
Sinclair attended the High School of Arts, the School of Visual Arts, and the Art Students League
in New York City. Her work has been exhibited around the country, and has garnered first prize
in juried shows.
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