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690 Miami Circle, NE. #905
Atlanta, GA 30324
The works of Chris Dolan offer a metaphor for human angst in an era of painterly exploration and frustration. As spectacles of meaningful figuration struggling to come into being through formal disruptions and limited palette of earth tones, her brashly intent paintings display richly textured surfaces laden with emotional content. These expressive abstractions are described in various tones of browns, blacks and terra-cottas that make reference to primitive cave paintings and sepia drawings of the great masters. Colors as thick as tar vie with fluid and loose brushwork and instinctive drawing and scratching to imbue the surfaces with a neo-expressionist energy. In paintings that explore the human figure as a vehicle for visual interaction, she studies anatomical structure before endowing their images with an ambiguity of content and distorted reality.
The figures she defines tend to fray and bleed, invade and become one another in every imaginable way as they are subsumed by the immediacy of the thickly layered surface textures and vigorous markings. As if substance of inscrutable walls, they range from the boldly defined to mere linear suggestions and have an innate vitality that seems to emerge from the depths of the paint. There is a pervasive energy in her gestural abstractions and saturated expressionist brush. The freedom and spontaneity of Chris Dolan's paintings technique allows the richly textured imagery to dominate the canvas with an arresting presence that is as provocative as is mysterious.
--Carol Damian, Associate Professor & Chairperson, Visual Arts Department Florida International University Miami, Florida. November 1999
“These topics have excited my imagination and established for me an almost mystical foundation for painterly expression. Their poetic symbolism represents and parallels certain moments in my life, and although veiled through time and space, their mythological substance still haunts the subliminal world of my mind.”
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