The Inner Child Series created during this period is based on an intense psychological study of the parts of her inner self; the child and the woman, in conflict or in resolution.
Many studies were made for this series.
Fay and her children moved to Florida where she showed work featured in and around Orlando. She exhibited at places such as the Specialty House (1996) and the Engle School of Music in Winter Park, FL, which was the Designer Showcase House of 1997 and featured her painting commissioned for this location.
Fay Biegun was born on June 17, in New York City, the granddaughter of Russian and Polish immigrants.
Her maternal grandmother was a concert violinist from Odessa, Ukraine, and the rest of her family were artisans and craftspeople.
She grew up on Long Island, New York. She attended East Meadow High School where she learned the value of drawing, the creative use of a variety of materials, and the importance of studying the masters from her art teacher, Mary Jo Reisberg. Her art focused on portraits of family and friends.
Her surrealist paintings were inspired by Salvadore Dali, for his unusual subject matter, Leonardo da Vinci for his portraits and anatomic sketches, and and Paul Gauguin for his use of color.
Oil on canvas
Christ on the Cross
by Salvador Dali
Fay attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She studied color with Mary Buckley and painting with George McNeil and Bernard Aptekar, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and graphics.
Two Women on the Beach by Paul Gauguin
by Leonardo da Vinci
Charcoal and collage, 48"x 48".
"Besides the influences of her instructors, Zen Buddhism, feminism and anti-war themes were prominent in her work."
Sunrise / Sunset:
Monoprint, 24" x 30"
Collage: Self portrait as my mother
Black & White Drawings
Graphite on Paper
Vase of Dead Roses
Stephen at Breakfast, 2 Details
Ken at Breakfast
She studied sculpture in Piestrasanta, working with Carrara marble from local quarries, under the tutelage of Jacques Lipschitz.
Map of Italy
Jacques Lipchitz by Arnold Newman
Fay spent the next few years traveling through Europe. She followed the careers of her favorite artists, such as David Hockney and the photorealists. She then returned to New York to study fashion design at Parsons School of Design and received her degree in 1976.
Her first job after graduating was at Anne Klein Studio as an accessories designer. She specialized in items such as shoes, scarves, handbags, watches, home furnishings and accessories for the home.
by Yves St. Laurent
Lilac Pattern for Bedding
Fay left New York for New Hampshire to raise a family. Her young daughters became the favorite subject of her paintings and drawings and her commercial work included logos, advertising and signage for local businesses.
When she returned to New York, she became a buyer for a large art supply chain, purchasing fine art and craft supplies, learning technical information about art materials and art production. Her expertise led her to various companies that commissioned her to design art materials, such as a line of Kolinsky fine art brushes for a well- known brush manufacturer.
Pool at the Planting Fields Arboretum,
Oyster Bay, New York
Pastel on board
32" x 40"
Her family and local Long Island landscapes were the subjects of her art at this time. The Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, Carman's River in Connetquot, and Fire Island were favorite spots she frequented and used as subjects or as backgrounds for her work.
Oil on canvas
She exhibited at the Nassau County Museum in Roslyn, New York (1987), and in the Gallery of Art at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York (1993).
Her Fire Island series of large colored pencil drawings was exhibited in a two-person show at Meridien Gallery in Seacliff, New York (1994).
As a member of WCA, she showed her work in Winter Park and throughout central Florida. She exhibited at public cultural centers, such as the Osceola Center for the Arts, the City Hall of Oldsmar (1996), and as a contributor the to Women’s Business Expo Art Exhibit. She had a one-person show at the Orange County Library (1997).
for Art, Osceola
She designed tile and stone work for model homes, specifically the “Street of Dreams” Designer Showcase homes, published a book of home design elevations for an Orlando-based architect and created a series of large floral paintings and commissions for her designer homes.
Logos and Ads
Kitchen Design in Manhasset, New York
Returning to New York, she began devoting more and more time to her oil paintings. She participated in an exhibition at the Allied Artists of America at the National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, New York.
Oil on canvas
40" x 56"
Her early landscapes transcend the ordinary and evoke timelessness using local color, light and atmosphere. "The Tree of Life " being one example, "The Montauk Lighthouse" being another.
Her next body of work was an extensive series of paintings and drawings of Hawaii. During this period, Fay made several trips to the Hawaiian Archepelago where she would sketch and do preliminary studies for larger abstract landscape paintings which she would create back in her studio on Long Island. These Hawaiian pieces are fanciful and light. The study of Matisse and Picasso and the influence of comic books is highly evident.
African Violet Tree on the Big Island
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
Trees on the Big Island
pen & ink
12" x 18"
by Henri Matisse
8" x 11"
Watercolor of a view from
Koki Beach in Hana, Maui
The Hawaiian collection is based on actual locations on Maui, Kaua'i, Moloka'i and the Big Island, where there are lush, tropical scenery, cerulean waters, sandy beaches and ancient lava flows. Fay translates them into abstracted, imaginative places with fluid line and intense color. In this body of work, she uses the maximum potential of color and bold outlines to elicit an emotional response from the viewer.
Foliage along the Hamakua Coast
Marker and ink on paper
Graphics for the Quadrupeds
Products company in the form of advertising, logos, bottle labels, and catalogs.
A major influence on Fay's work is the writings of Joseph Campbell, the well-known mythologist, whose concepts of the universality of myths demonstrate how all civilizations have similar ideals. Using the Myth of the Hero, he explains how stories from around the world parallel each other and how all religions serve to answer basically the same questions of creation, purpose, and laws by which to live.
Bridge Across the Middle East
pastel on paper
Stories from the Bible and scientific ideas, such as the Big Bang Theory, are incorporated into the themes and compositions of Fay's work.
Her new pieces depict the forces of energy showing light, gravity and two dimensional form. A singular bright color flashes through gray and monochromatic space taking the eye on a visual journey to reach towards infinity. There is a sense of the cosmic, the mystery of creation, the manifestation of spiritual power.
Three Artists, The Graphic Eye Gallery
in Port Washington, New York
Over the years, Fay has worked in several styles and numerous mediums. She feels that they all have validity and uses them selectively to express varying themes and emotions. She has been influenced by a wide range of artists, many literary genres, psychology, fashion, anthropology and the cinema. She explores themes of primitivism, questions of personal identity, the concept of divine energy. Her paintings can be fantasy, can capture a moment in time, or express timelessness.
Trees of Life Memorial Plaques for the Lobby of
B'nai Israel Reform Temple
The Queens Lagoon
Tortoise on a beach
Fay's painting and drawing techniques have been developed to the ultimate refinement of color, line and structure. She uses only the finest quality artist materials in the production of her work.
Roads of the Diaspora
Her works are in private collections worldwide.