Cynthia Guild


Cynthia Guild grew up in western Massachusetts and received her MFA from UMass, Amherst in Printmaking, focusing on lithography and monotype. Now primarily a painter, she has carried over her printmaker’s interest in process and gesture. Guild has exhibited widely in the US and Cuba and was recently featured in an exhibition at New Bedford Art Museum. Ms. Guild was invited to Taller Experimentale de Graphica in Havana, Cuba in 2012 to make relief prints for the artist’s book: Ellegua. Her teaching career includes RISD, Bennington, Mt. Holyoke, and Eastern Connecticut State University. Cynthia is an avid sailor; she currently lives and works in Stonington CT.

“The Freighter Paintings might be thought of as metaphorical portraits in which I use ships to embody strength, the power of will, and a war weary vulnerability all at the same time. Like my Traffic Paintings, they bring to mind the metaphorical journey that constitutes each individual lifetime, likening it to the passages of a ship on the ocean.

In the Traffic Paintings I use a more inclusive viewpoint depicting human activity from a surveillance standpoint as we travel through atmosphere, time and memory in our daily lives – struggling to make a difference, surrounded by forces often beyond our own control.”