Fairfield, CT – The public is invited to a reception at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library on Thursday, February 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for Color Play, the art of Earl Grenville Killeen , Dionne Pia and Emily Teall. The show runs from February 5 to April 2. The Fairfield Library is located at 1080 Old Post Road.
Earl Grenville Killeen
After serving in the Navy, Earl attended the Art Students’ League of New York in the 1970s. A resident of Clinton, Connecticut since 1981, Earl continues to be active in the arts community, having initiated the annual competition for the Shoreline Arts Alliance for high school students in the area and the annual Founder’s Award shared by an art teacher and a student. He is the author of The North Light Book of Acrylic Painting Techniques and the recipient of Individual Artist Grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, as well as an Artist’s Fellowship Award from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Earl has exhibited in many galleries and museums in the region. In 2016, a cancer diagnosis led him to paint with a passion and perseverance that produced over 40 watercolors in less than a year, and he is currently working on his seventh series. He has received awards for his art from the New Britain Museum of American Art, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, and others.
Earl says: “From an early age, art was a portal to me out of the feelings and circumstances of a stressful childhood. Studying the paintings in my precious art books took me to a transformed reality frozen in time; and I found an identity that I wanted for myself in the creation process. He was inspired by the art of Van Gogh, Goya, Dali and Ben Shahn, but he says, “I believe that to be an artist you have to be a visionary; to be a visionary you have to ignore other people’s versions of seeing … It seems to me that I emerged from defensive painting in metaphors to show myself in my human form, with dreamlike sensibility and allusive elements evoking my vulnerability and, perhaps, empowerment. Now i find myself Outside the lines a theme, a subject or a particular approach to my work … I am curious to see where my wanderings will take me on the drawing board … “
Dionne is a floral designer and manager of Floral Petals in Bedford Hills, New York and resides in Weston. She received a BA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and spent a year in Rome, Italy, completing the European Honors Program. His career path includes photo editing for the travel industry, graphic design, floral design and marketing – logo production, brand awareness, brochures, set designs and illustrations – and the production of logos, brand awareness, brochures, sets and illustrations. realization of art commissions.
Dionne’s works have been included in numerous jury and invitation exhibitions in CT and New York, both in solo and solo exhibitions, and are represented in private collections across the United States. His career path includes photo editing for the travel industry, graphic design, floral design and marketing – logo production, brand awareness, brochures, set designs and illustrations – and the production of logos, brand awareness, brochures, sets and illustrations. realization of art commissions.
She says, “Fueled by curiosity and motivated to listen, I love to explore the essence of a subject and distill it into a dynamic visual poem, challenging the safety of realism and allowing my imagination to drive the process. By telling the story, I discover unexpected creative solutions.
I am interested in the diversity of spiritual beliefs and the common core of intent that we all share. I like to believe that the world is evolving collectively and that painting is a kind of link with the pulse of the planet. I am drawn to the natural sciences, oriental art, textile and decorative design, popular culture, chromo-lithography in early advertisements, elements of mysticism, Mexican altarpieces, tattoos, birds, molecular life , vintage ephemera, spiritual icons, primitive art, botanical illustration, biology and science.
Emily Teall holds a BA in Visual Arts from Cornell University and an MA in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University. She is a multimedia artist based in Riverside, Connecticut, with a particular interest in the art of installation and oil painting. She also currently teaches visual art classes to grades 5-12 at Fusion Academy in Greenwich. She says, “I am particularly passionate about combining human rights with the arts and arts education.
Emily is a resident of Norwalk Art Space, where she exhibits in group shows and their outdoor sculpture garden. She has also participated in numerous regional group exhibitions. She says: “… I navigate the themes of anxiety and memory through my artistic practice, drawing inspiration from anatomical and biological references and processes. Symbols of nature, especially bulbs and seeds, permeate my visual language. … Many of my works focus on this concept of slow growth, referring to periods of gestation and hibernation.
My art draws on the natural imagery of bulbs, cocoons and uteri to evoke a period of gestation during which the viewer grows through introspection before reappearing in the community. I create new personal “environments” through my works to encourage viewers to meditate on anxieties and memories. I seek to make my art physically, intellectually and emotionally immersive and experiential. My interest in pushing the immersive and experiential qualities of art leads me to work mainly in sculpture and installation. Organic elements and curiosity for nature guide my works. My work is also inspired by experiences of social anxiety and the role of the body in identity (especially of a woman).