Lindsay Mapes American

Originally from the USA, Lindsay studied Painting at San Francisco Art Institute (1996–2000) and Studio Arts Centre International, Florence (2006–07). She then went on to study for her MFA Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London (2008–10). Since then she has been based in London and is being represented in St Ives for the first time.

Mapes’ art explores themes of erasure, obfuscation, obstruction, and secrecy in a series of boldly-coloured paintings and drawings. Colour and pattern play a significant role in Mapes’ paintings. The relationship between colour and the feelings that certain colours and colour combinations evoke is always at the forefront of her work. Through an extended editing process in which layers of form, line, and colour are built up, scraped away, revealed, and hidden, the artist draws upon the concept of the pentimento (from the Italian pentirsi, to repent), which, in painting, refers to an alteration evidenced by traces of the artist’s previous mark-marking, revealing the changes made during the painting process. In this way, Mapes examines how a thought process can be realized in paint.


Recent Exhibitions include: 

Colore, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy (2018);
The Other Art Fair, London (2017/2016/2015);
The Marmite Prize for Painting, London (2016 and 2012);
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, (2016 and 2013).

Mapes has been chosen and shortlisted for a number of awards including:

The SOLO Award, London (2018);
The Marmite Prize for Painting, London (2016 and 2012);
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2016 and 2013);
New Blood Art Featured Artist (2016);
Tomorrow & Today Featured Artist (2015);
Jerwood Painting Fellowship, shortlisted, London (2012).

Mapes’ works are in many public and private collections internationally.