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Chrissy Dolan Terrasi


Chrissy Dolan Terrasi



1950 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 a 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 the 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 the 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 painting techniques allow the richly textured imagery to dominate the canvas with an arresting presence that is as provocative as it is mysterious.

- Carol Damian

Dr. Carol Damian is Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Art History and former Director and Chief Curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University.  She is a  specialist in Latin American and Caribbean Art and the diaspora, as well as on the art of South Florida.  She has written numerous books, catalogs and articles and lectures throughout the country. 



1969-1970 Maryland Institute College of Art
1970-1971 Corcoran College of Art, Washington, D.C.
1971-1972 Ecole des Beaux Arts, Grenoble
1972-1975 Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence

Selected Exhibitions:
1982 “New Talent Exhibitions” Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
1986 Galerie 101, Malma, Sweden
1988 “Forum Supelec", Paris, France
1989 Exposition Centre Culturel de Mandelieu, Galerie Lafrache, Cannes, France
”A propos du Tunnel" Galerie Lafrache, Cannes, France
”7e rencontre de la Peinture Contemporaine", Cannes, France
1990 Galerie Vendome, Paris, France
1991 “Maison des Artistes", Haut de Cagnes Fondation Sicard Iperti, Vallauris ”Eclatee 91", Haut de Cagnes, France
”Peinture Palissade", Cannes Film Festival, France
1992 “Art Vencia" Musee de Vence
Rotonde de Beaulieu, France
1993 Maison des Artistes, Haut de Cagnes 7e Salon d‘Hiver, Invitee d‘Honneur, Lyon, France
1995 “Art Jonction International", Galerie Vecchio, Cannes, France
Exposition “Chaises Eclectiques", Galerie Artgument, Montbason, France
1996 “Clair de Femme", Galerie Vecchio, Cannes, France
Cannes Foire internationale de Strasbourg, Strasbourg France
”Clair de Femme", Apricale, Italy
1998 Skot Foreman Fine Art, Ltd. Dania Beach, Florida, USA
1999 Art Paris, Paris, France
2000 “A Convergent Voyage; Studies in Duality" Two Person Exhibition with Purvis Young, Skot Foreman Fine Art, Ltd. Dania Beach, Florida , USA
2001 ArtMiami, Miami, FL USA
2001 Town & Country Art Fair, West Palm Bch, FL, USA
2001 “Voltige", Gallerie Vecchio, Cannes, France
2001 The Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
2001 Texas International Fine Art Fair, Dallas, TX
2002 ArtMiami, Miami Beach, FL
2003 "Structure - The Figure as Architectre" Skot Foreman Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2003-2004 "Persisting in Presence", Gallery Arcturus, Toronto, Canada
2006 Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Art Basel Pop Up Space, Wynwood, Miami, Florida
2013 "Yo, Yo Tango" Solo Exhibition, Galería Skot Foreman, San Miguel, México


Associated Exhibitions

"Yo Yo Tango" - HELD OVER THROUGH MAY 2 Chrissy Dolan Terrasi
March 1 - May 2, 2013
Chrissy Dolan: Art in Public Places/ATL Stacks Mural
December 20 2010 - February 20, 2011


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