Cheyenne MacMasters is a painter, sculptor, and photographer who studied painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City with Elizabeth Murray. Her black and white palette comes from years of retouching black and white photographs for Robert Mapplethorpe, Bernice Abbott, galleries and publications.
MacMasters is a recipient of grants from the Bisbee Foundation, Support Women Artists Now, and the Bisbee Arts Commission. Her paintings have been shown at Lincoln Center, the Art Students League of New York, Bisbee, Arizona’s Belleza Gallery, Vincente’s Fine Art Gallery, and the Central School Project’s Biannual exhibitions. Her sculptures have been shown at Etherton Gallery in Tucson and La Chasse Gallery in Bisbee.
“Painting puts me in tune with synchronicity and intuitive knowledge. My figures were standing in water before I learned that water is a symbol of initiation. I’m interested in the before times, the stories that became incorporated into religions. Moments of initiation, when our perceptions change, are what I seek to portray. My black and white palette serves the illusion of reality that is shaped by gray scale values. “