A Solo Show by Dennis McGonagle
Shannon Center Lobby, Whittier, California
Opening Reception: October 10, 2010, 3-5 P.M.
Show Runs: September 22-November 24, 2010
Lobby Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-4pm
Realization is an exhibition of my latest paintings. I have taken a new approach to plein aire landscape painting for this body of work, starting the paintings in my studio and then finishing them on the site. The work on location is executed at specific times of day, such as late afternoon or early morning in order to capture a strong shadow pattern.
I call this series of paintings Realization because it represents the heightened realization derived from reflecting on specific moments in the personal narrative of my daily life. The paintings depict scenes from my neighborhood in Uptown Whittier and the Japanese Garden of the Huntington Library. I deliberately gave the compositions an informal snapshot quality because I wanted to capture a moment in time.
The paintings are acrylic on canvas and range in scale from 10in. by 14in. to 36in. by 48in. They feature strong color harmonies and vigorous brushwork in an effort to recreate the energy of life on the street.
I started the series last spring with two paintings that featured the jacaranda trees of Uptown Whittier. I sought to capture the moment before the trees lost their purple flowers, so I sketched out the compositions on canvasses in my studio and then finished them with multiple visits to the site.
I found this approach so practical, I immediately launched into a whole series of new paintings. This exhibition at the Shannon Center will mark the first time these small moment paintings will be seen by the public.
Phantom City Mural Complete!
Click here for more images of this mural!
Dennis McGonagle and his partner, Tyler Kinnaman, have begun work on their latest mural, a 300 square foot scene of Broadway Lights on the stage of the Fairgrove Academy Auditorium in La Puente, California.
The mural was commissioned by the school's principal, Penny Fraumeini, who wanted a backdrop for the school's upcoming play, Broadway Lights. Unlike most stage backdrops, this mural will become a permanent fixture in the school.
Mcgonagle is running with the idea of Broadway lights. "I think of the historic nickname of the Broadway theatre district, which is "The great white way", said McGonagle.
"My mural will have strong dark light contrast. The brightest lights will emerge from the darkness of the midnight sky. I will also contrast warm and cool, and very close and very far. I want this wall to be exciting and inspirational for the students and teachers of Fairgrove."
McGonagle is drawing further inspiration from The Phantom City parable in the Lotus Sutra. In the parable, a fabulous city is created by the leader of a caravan who is guiding exhausted travelers on a journey across time and space. When the travelers have been rested and refreshed, the leader waves his hand and the city disappears.
The Fairgrove mural will be painted on Saturdays in February and its scheduled completion date will be February 27th. The pair of mural painters plans on inviting a team of artists to assist and collaborate with them beginning in mid-February.
"Once the lines are blocked in, we're bringing in an all-star team of painters to help us", Mcgonagle declared. "The eneregy level of this mural will be off the charts".
Dennis and Terry McGonagle|
Casita del Pueblo, Whittier, California
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".
Click here for the WhittierArtists.com Blog entry on this show
January 6 - 27, 2008
Featuring 19 artists, including Dennis McGonagle
Please join us at the Casita del Pueblo on Sunday, January 13th, 2008 from 2-6pm for an opening reception with art, music and poetry.
The City of Whittier Cultural Arts Commission presents "The Hunt for Red October," an exhibit featuring paintings by Dennis McGonagle.
"In October of 2006, my wife and I traveled to Millville, Pennsylvania, where we lived in a cabin in the woods for a month. I found the landscape, with its brilliant fall colors very stimulating to my creativity. I immediately set to work on a series of paintings in my signature plein air style, working from six to eight hours a day, seven days a week. There was something sublime about the quiet rural setting that I was determined to capture in my work. I would step out of my cabin every morning into a magical landscape and see potential paintings everywhere I looked. Whether it was a covered bridge, an old hunting lodge, or the forest itself, I found the scenery very compelling. "The Hunt for Red October" is a visual record of my experience during this artist's retreat." -- Dennis McGonagle
This exhibit will be on display July 9 through August 31, 2007 at Parnell Park Community and Senior Center, 15390 Lambert Rd., Whittier, CA.
You are invited to join us at a reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2007 from 7-8 p.m.
View Flyer Here
An exhibition of Dennis McGonagle's latest paintings at |
the Mary Paxon Gallery in Norwalk, California.
Opening: Saturday night, May 12th, 2006, from 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Refreshments will be served.
"I plan on using the spacious gallery with its 1,400 square feet of exhibit
space to its best advantage by exhibiting large, mural-scale canvasses, one
of which features the Brazilian funk group, Delta Nove, who will be
performing at the opening.
Since I was born and raised in Norwalk, I decided to bring my most energetic
and colorful work to display in this art exhibit. Along with my recent
work, I will introduce a few rarely seen paintings to the mix.
I will see you there!" -- Dennis
The Mary Paxon Gallery is located at; 13200 Clarkdale Avenue, off of Norwalk
Blvd, just south of the Santa Ana freeway
For more information, call: (562) 929-5521.
Learn more about Delta Nove Here
Dennis recently completed a 'History of Whittier' Mural to be painted on two exterior walls of the
Urban Landscape Show, "The Reflected Environment"|
Soka University, Founders Hall Gallery
Opening: May 6th, 2006
Dennis McGonagle will give a "Meet the Artist' Talk in the afternoon on May 6th.
Click here for pictures from this event!
Dennis will also present a lecture on his artwork at Soka University on Friday, June 23rd, at 7pm. The public is invited.
Two FREE concerts will be held in Founders Hall Gallery during this show:
Delta Nove will perform its unique brand of Brazilian jazz funk
at 2P.M. on Sunday, August 13th
For more info visit:
Delta Nove's Website.
Hot Fab DJazz Club will perform their beautiful French Gypsy Jazz
at 2P.M. on Sunday, August 20th
For more info on visit:
Hot Fab Djazz Club Website.
"Journey" Sculptures by Fifth Grade students in Dennis McGonagle's class at Lincoln Elementry School|
Lobby of Whittier College Library
On Display Beginning February 2006
Read more here
Seven fifth-grade students in Dennis McGonagle's class at Lincoln Elementary School won the City of Whittier Banner Contest. Look for their banners on the streets of Whittier during March 2006!|
Urban Landscape Show|
Shannon Center of Whittier College
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 2nd, 2006, 3-5pm