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DEBORAH DANCY
 

BIO
Deborah Dancy is an abstractionist who gained her BFA at Illinois Weslyan University in 1973, her MS in printmaking from Illinois State University in 1976, and her MFA in painting at Illinois State University in 1979. Her works seek to examine the tension between reality and the imagined and her awards include The Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, The New England Foundation for the Arts Grant, ... MORE
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Castle Hill Gallery
Deborah Dancy
David Boyajian
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The last stop on this tour is the Gallery at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle--or The Castle Hill Gallery for short. The center's director, Cherie Mittenthal (the artist whose work you saw at Kobalt, above), curated a gorgeous show of works on paper by Deborah Dancy and bronze and ceramic sculpture by David Boyajian. Dancy describes her compositions emerging "out of an active engagement of gesture and process." Boyajian deals with "nurturing, generation and growth." The exhibition is a pas de deux of related palettes and fluid expression. 

Deborah Dancy untitled painting, above, with a panoramic view, below, showing you where it is set 
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Another panorama, swinging toward the left, with Dancy paintings punctuated by Boyajian sculptures
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Below: A closeup of the corner seen at the far left of the panorama above


Below: One last image by Deborah Dancy to tide you over to the next installment


State of Connecticut Artists Collection
4/12/2015

Connecticut Artists Collection
Deborah Dancy (born 1949)
 
Deborah DancyDeborah Dancy has been on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut since 1981. Her professional career has been marked by a number of significant honors and awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Connecticut Commission of the Arts Artist Fellowship, and New England Foundation for the Arts/NEA Individual Artist Grant. She has exhibited in galleries and museums including Purdue University, LewAllen Contemporary, Mattatuck Museum, and DeCordova Museum. Dancy’s work is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Oberlin College Museum of Art, Hallmark, General Electric Company, and the Bellagio Hotel. Sears-Peyton Gallery (New York), G.R.N’Namdi Gallery (Chicago and Miami), and Charles Young Fine Prints and Drawings (Portland, Connecticut) represent her work.
 
 
 
 
 
Artist Statement (about 30 Black MenViolets and Vinegar, and Winter Morning):
This series of work was created in 1997 in response to the discovery in 1991 of the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan. I often refer to them as my shroud pieces because archeological evidence indicates that individuals who were buried there had been wrapped in shrouds closed with copper pins. I thought of the pieces as a kind of homage to those lives – and the lack of recognition for their history and contributions – and I found myself patching together these mixed media works that addressed their presence. I constructed the poetic text fragments and embedded them in layers of beeswax on the water-colored painted surface. I wanted them to stand as figures – reminders of those who lived ordinary and sometimes heroic lives. It was my intention to make them quiet, beautiful, and haunting.
 
30 Black Men   30 Black Men - detail detail
30 Black Men
1997
watercolor, beeswax, and text on paper with muslin backing
60" high x 33" wide
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Legislative Office Building - Room 3200 (Environment Committee), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
When: Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00
 

Violets and Vinegar   Violets and Vinegar - detail detail
Violets and Vinegar
1997
watercolor, beeswax, and text on paper with muslin backing
60" high x 33" wide
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Legislative Office Building - Room 3200 (Environment Committee), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
When: Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00
 

Winter Morning   Winter Morning - detail detail
Winter Morning
1997
watercolor, beeswax, and text on paper with muslin backing
60" high x 33" wide
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Legislative Office Building - Room 3200 (Environment Committee), 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
When: Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00


Sonnet
Sonnet
1993
oil on canvas
72" high x 60" wide
(purchased in 1994)
Currently on exhibit:
Where: Office of State Ethics, 18-20 Trinity Street, Suite 205, Hartford, CT 06106 (no parking available)
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00
 
 

 

The Bottom Line
4/12/2015

Review of the exhibit Chasing the Light, Sears Peyton Gallery

Deborah Dancy: Chasing the Light at Sears Peyton Gallery

Deborah Dancy, Point Counter Point, 2013. Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches. Image courtesy of Sears Peyton Gallery.

Currently on view until June 29 at Sears Peyton Gallery is a collection of luminescent paintings and drawings in the exhibition Deborah Dancy: Chasing the Light. The entire exhibition, including both large-scale paintings and smaller works on paper, possesses a radiance that is both eccentric and sincere. Although the pieces stand successfully alone, the works become particularly inspiring when viewed together.

 

Dancy uses drawing in her paintings and works on paper to bridge the gap between abstraction and figuration through the intersection of line, color, and gesture. Dancy’s finished works highlight her process of adding and subtracting paint to attain a particular color palette and surface texture. Her architecturally drawn lines are fundamental to the compositions, holding their own prominence without taking away from the colors that cushion them. Where sharp edges meet soft tones, a conversation between severity and serenity begins and continues throughout the show. Although the style in which Dancy paints seems impulsive, the overall organization of shape and color indicates thought and control.


Twisted & Tangled: Deborah Dancy
4/5/2015

Twisted & Tangled: Deborah Dancy

Sometimes, as I’m looking through my artists queue and planning which artists to feature, I have to go back and search the Artsy archives because I come across an artist whose work is so fantastic, so just up my alley, that I’m shocked I let this artist’s work sit in queue for so long.  I can’t believe I waited so long to share these gorgeous abstract paintings by artist Deborah Dancy.

As the World Turns by Deborah Dancy

As the World Turns, oil on canvas, 60×48

Dancing in the Dark by Deborah Dancy

Dancing in the Dark, oil on canvas, 60×60

Dancy spins a web of layered painterly texture, light, shadow and intricately concocted yet wonderfully spontaneous cages of line.  My eye gets caught up in each tangled maze of paint, getting utterly lost and never wanting to come back.

The Object of My Affection by Deborah Dancy

The Object of My Affection, oil on canvas, 46×46

Stormy Weather by Deborah Dancy

Stormy Weather, oil on canvas, 30×30

And have I mentioned the palette?  Warm rusty desert tones contrast with pale cotton candy pastels, keeping things fresh and light.

Gates of Paradise by Deborah Dancy

Gates of Paradise, oil on canvas, 60×48

Want to see more of Deborah Dancy’s work?  Of course you do.  Check out her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Sears Peyton Gallery.


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