Don't Miss: 'Collaborations' by Dennis and Terry McGonagle at the Casita del Pueblo

by Robin Schroeder 12. January 2010 04:13
Dennis and Terry McGonagle

January 11th to Feb.10th, 2010
Opening Reception: January 16th, 6 to 9 P.M.

Terry and Dennis McGonagle have been collaborating on paintings for over a year now. This exhibit will be the official debut of a very unique and different kind of art. The pieces are multi-layered; the viewer can find images on the surface and in the depths of these works. They are composed of many layers of transparent and translucent color. They are tactile; their surfaces are alive with textures and patterns. They are very sculptural as well, with objects emerging from the surface.

Typically, a painting begins with recycled paint that has dried up on a palette, removed, and cut into shapes. The shapes are applied to a canvas that has been prepared with acrylic gel medium. The wet, collaged surface is then painted into with acrylic paint and embellished with nontraditional materials. The result is a surface that sparkles with jewel-like color and hints at a mysterious world.

The paintings are inspired by mythology, Loteria cards, and trips to cities on both coasts. Some are done by Dennis, some by Terry, but most are a combined effort by the husband and wife team. Hence the name, "Collaborations".

El Boracho
"El Boracho", acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Please visit Dennis McGonagle's website at!

Casita del Pueblo Gallery
6738 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 693- 2844

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