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From: New York, US

Based in: New York, US

Born: 1967

Main Artistic Theme: Figurative painting


An award winning artist, Marie Hines Cowan is a figurative oil painter who marries mythology with colloquial culture. Her work is narrative, life-sized, and representational, though unconstrained by realism.

She exhibits in New York and internationally.


Marie Hines Cowan is a figurative oil painter marrying mythology with colloquial culture. Her work is narrative, life-sized, and representational, though unconstrained by realism. Pushing color further than the average eyes sees, Hines Cowan’s work is bold, colorful and painterly, but also graphic and illustrative.

Hines Cowan has been exhibiting in the US and Europe ever since 1979. Each fall she opens her studio in New Rochelle to the public during the town’s Artsfest. Fall 2017 she also flew to London, England to participate in Parallax Art Fair. In 2018 she had two solo exhibitions in New Rochelle’s Lord and Andra Gallery, and a solo exhibition is planned for October at New Jersey’s Barrons Art Center. In 2019 she will have a solo exhibit in Pennsylvania’s Crary Art Gallery. Hines Cowan is involved in local and national art groups such as the National Association of Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America and Katonah Museum of Art Artist Association, and has recently gained representation with Art Productions NYC.

Hines Cowan has been named by the Barron Art Center 2018’s ‘Artist of the Year’. Her Erinyes received a Special Recognition Award in 2017 in Manhattan Arts International’s HERStory.  The Sphinx won First Prize in NAWA’s 125 Years: Women of Vision in 2014 and the NAWA Medal of Honor in 2012. In 2013 Cartoon for the Sistine Chapel won First Prize in the Portrait Society’s Out of the Box category and Medea an Honorable Mention in the Monmouth Museum’s 34th Annual Juried Exhibition. Cartoon for the Sistine Chapel was also included in the United Negro College Fund’s 2011 exhibit The Art of Giving Back.


Hines Cowan’s paintings and poetry have been published in several literary and art journals.  Her work has been on past covers of NYU’s literary journal Icarus, the 2018 cover of the journal 2 Bridges and is featured in the new literary journal, Curating Alexandra. CreativPaper, a British art journal, interviewed Hines Cowan for their 2018 winter publication. Cartoon for the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, was included in Huffington Post’s 2013 article on Pen and Brush. Curator Margarita Aguilar, wrote the essay, “Men and Women: Marie Hines, Portraits 2004”. Alison Ioli wrote two essays on Hines Cowan’s work titled “Transcending Ancient Archetypes in the ‘Popteric’ Age; The Paintings of Marie Hines Cowan” and “Marie Hines Cowan; NY Muse: Book 1” for the 2014 exhibition NY Muse. Hines Cowan has discussed her project NY Muse on Artists Forum TV, and also in a Director’s Chair interview this past February with gallerist Andra Rudder. This interview was filmed and can be viewed online and on Hines Cowan’s website.

Having first met Greek mythological personae in literature in the seventies, now Hines Cowan visualizes them on Manhattan streets and finds then crowding into her studio and informing her paintings with their stories. Her paintings have been called narrative, but perhaps conversation is a better description.

Marie Hines Cowan studied art at FIT and Art History and Classical Literature at NYU.


Selected Exhibitions

Lord & Andra Gallery

Solo Exhibition:


New Rochel, NY

Parallax Art Fair

Group Show:

Art Fair

London, UK



My latest project, is inspired by both Greek mythology and our current culture. The works in this project find their inspiration from many sources including: a Public Works project, Dr. Seuss, the doomed Edie Sedgwick (an Andy Warhol associate), a Vogue magazine fashion photo spread, Jimi Hendricks, and the New York Public Library lions.


The Neoteric poets* wrote about their culture in a colloquial manner — yet with allusions to the classics — expecting their readers to enjoy the work on many levels. My work, which I describe as Popteric*, marries colloquial and classical, traditional painting and installation, and my intention is that my viewers also enjoy it in its many dimensions.

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