Cindy Press

New York City, New York

Cindy Press uses oil on canvas to create contemporary figurative and portrait painting, largely in black and white, with a focus on fashion.

The work of Cindy Press celebrates women, and occasionally men, by exploring the connection between fashion and our personal identity.

Press considers how style reflects how we engage with the world around us. “Clothes are a personal decision and what we choose to wear is the way we express ourselves”. Her work serves as a metaphor for how we engage with the world around us. Often it’s a gesture or pose she is interested in, it’s there that she sees the history of figure or portrait painting”.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Press is a graduate of Moore College Of Art And Design. Being a fashion illustration major at Moore prepared her for decades of success in the fashion design world.

By merging her knowledge of fashion, the human figure, her life as a woman, mother and artist, Press’s artwork forms a narrative that speaks to both men and women.

Her female characters are inspired with an array of human emotion that goes beyond gender or age.
She does not objectify the subjects of her paintings but instead seeks to capture their drama, confidence, sex appeal and charm. Press likes to emphasize the provocative, challenging the viewer to think even if it makes them uncomfortable.

Her style is heavily influenced by contemporary fashion photography. While her signature is the way she transforms black and white oil paint on canvas, Press likes to surprise with the occasional sprinkling of color added to the mix. Her process is evolving as she photographs her own subjects and merges them with new images to create the reference for her work.

Press’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in private collections around the globe in major hubs such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Sydney, Dubai and Hong Kong. Some of her clients include Bloomingdales, The Four Season’s Hotel, The Thompson Hotel Group and AIDA Cruise Line.


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