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Dennis Angel
updated: 07/22/2012
website: www.dennisangelstudio.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Nautilus Shell
Mirari
Ovolo
Tauten
Ogive
Concinnus
Claire's Paper Airplane
Vent Pipe with Cloth
Oro
Diamas
Claire's Paper Boat (3 Views)
T-Pipe in Cloth
Shells with Pipes
Egg with Pipe
Egg, String and Pipe
 
Portfolio Keywords:  geometric, text, still life
 
 
Nautilus Shell by Dennis Angel
Nautilus Shell
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2012
24" x  16" 
Mirari by Dennis Angel
Mirari
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2012
24" x  12" 
Ovolo by Dennis Angel
Ovolo
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
20" x  16" 
Tauten by Dennis Angel
Tauten
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
30" x  22" 
Ogive by Dennis Angel
Ogive
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
20" x  16" 
Concinnus by Dennis Angel
Concinnus
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
22" x  30" 
Claire's Paper Airplane by Dennis Angel
Claire's Paper Airplane
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
22" x  30" 
Vent Pipe with Cloth by Dennis Angel
Vent Pipe with Cloth
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
22" x  30" 
Oro by Dennis Angel
Oro
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
30" x  12" 
Diamas by Dennis Angel
Diamas
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2020
30" x  22" 
Claire's Paper Boat (3 Views) by Dennis Angel
Claire's Paper Boat (3 Views)
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
30" x  12" 
T-Pipe in Cloth by Dennis Angel
T-Pipe in Cloth
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2010
12" x  8" 
Shells with Pipes by Dennis Angel
Shells with Pipes
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2012
24" x  16" 
Egg with Pipe by Dennis Angel
Egg with Pipe
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2012
5" x  4" 
Egg, String and Pipe by Dennis Angel
Egg, String and Pipe
Metal Point on Tinted Paper
2012
5" x  4" 

Artist Statement

For the past 30 years, my desire to draw has been underscored by my interest in observation.  Because of the patience and time required to complete detailed, perceptual drawings, the still life genre is the ideal vehicle for the undertaking of uninterrupted, optical investigations.  By carefully arranging and lighting objects on a tabletop surface, I am able to analyze, record and manipulate subtle transitions in shape, tone and edge in service of a heightened reality, a personal theater of sorts.  By choosing inexpensive plastic and metal items as my subject matter I am asking the viewer to reexamine their definition of the mundane and to assess an object's value on purely visual terms.  

The process that I have chosen for these drawings is metal point, a painstakingly unforgiving antique process, commonly used by artists in the 13th and 14th centuries.  When properly layered, this process possesses a luminosity and delicate tonal range otherwise unattainable with any other graphic medium.  Additionally, the use of metal point further divorces the object from its usual function, in a sense elevating it, while providing an intriguing contrast between the present and the past.  By employing copper, silver, gold and platinum, different patinas are achieved over time as the metals slowly oxidize in reaction to the air around them, promoting subtle change long after the actual drawing is completed.

Ultimately, I wish for my drawings to serve as quiet, tender and thoughtful records of acute optical experiences, embracing craftsmanship and formalism as fundamental criteria upon which standards of beauty can be evaluated and maintained. 

Artist Bio / CV
I attended Parsons School of Design in NYC and received my MFA from Indiana University.  My work has been included in over 200 national and international exhibitions and is housed in numerous private and public collections.