Mary Long

New Work by Mary Long- Postal
January 8th - January 30th, 2011

Opening Reception: January 8th, 6-9 pm

The month of January in Nashville inevitably means an unfortunate number of cold, bitter, and gray days. Despite the dreary forecast, Tinney Contemporary is determined to beat the Winter Blues in the New Year by bringing color to Nashville with works by Memphis-based encaustic artist, Mary Long-Postal. 

Self-taught in wax encaustic-a technique which involves creating a wax medium from melted beeswax and damar resin-Mary Long-Postal has been painting with this medium almost exclusively for the past 8 years.  Using a mostly pre-planned color scheme, Long-Postal includes in her paintings personal symbols, graphic elements, marks made with oil stick, and sometimes, decorative paper.  According to Long-Postal, the wax encaustic technique allows her to explore her paintings in a more tactile way by selectively scraping, incising, and scarring, which brings to the works elements that are both solid and transparent.  The artist's intelligent, yet playful approach to color, design, and process make for expressive abstractions that are sure to brighten even the bleakest of winter days. 

Mary Long-Postal's work has been exhibited nationally in cities such as New York City, Taos, and Santa Fe.  This is her first solo show in Nashville. Her work has been collected by Eli Manning of the New York Giants, Michael Redd of the Miwaukee Bucks, Pinnacle Bank, and Bass Berry and Simms PLC, among others. 

In the rear gallery:

In the rear gallery we will be featuring cinematic and musically-related art pieces by Mary Long-Postal's husband, Jonathan Postal.  For more information on Jonathan Postal's work visit his artist's page on our website: