Enrico Riley, ‘Untitled: Flowers, Lovers, Sunrise’, 2011, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Enrico Riley, ‘Untitled: Flowers, Lovers, Sunrise’, 2011, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

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Enrico Riley writes, the new work continues to develop a flexible way of working that allows for many subjects and sources to find their way into my painting language. It has become important for me to take advantage of the ebb and flow of my non-painting life and use that as primary information in my painting practice. Painting for me is formal but the formal decisions have to be deployed through something else: need, desire, or appetite. I find the process of painting challenging and deeply satisfying. Enrico received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Yale University School of Art and his Bachelors of Art in visual studies from Dartmouth College. He has been exhibited throughout New England and New York and has been awarded many prestigious awards including the Burke Award and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Enrico’s work can be found in the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and the Werner Kramarsky Drawing Collection.

Solo Exhibitions
March 2015 Surfer’s Delight, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven CT,
Feb 2014 Enrico Riley: Recent Work, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
Feb 2013 Portable Vision, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Oct 2012 Portable Vision, Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College
July 2012 Nonthropology, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
April 2012 The Open Window, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
May 2012 Around The Kitchen Table, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Sept 2011 Enrico Riley: Works on Paper, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX
Sept 2009 Enrico Riley, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College
Sept 2009 Stars and Constellations, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
April 2008 Golden Cup, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
July 2004 Sounding Silence, The Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Two and Three Person Exhibitions
Nov 2005 Polar/Solar, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Sept 2003 Lone Wolf Recital Corps Performance, Faulkner Recital Hall, Dartmouth College
April 2003 Enrico Riley and Kevin Strickland, Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA
August 1998 Cultural Expressions in Art, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia,Richmond, VA

Selected Group Exhibitions
Oct 2015 Walk the Line, Pagus Projects, Norristown, PA
Sept 2015 “Giant Steps” displayed as part of permanent collection at Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond VA
Sept 2015 The Abstract Body, Sharon Arts Center Gallery, Peterborough, NH
Aug 2015 Faculty Show, New Hampshire Institute for the Arts, Manchester, NH
Aug 2015 Prime Matter, Teckningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden
Jan 2015 About Face: Contemporary Self-Portraiture, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
Dec 2014 “Fusion: Art of the 21st Century, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Oct 2014 Prime Matter, SenaSpace Gallery, New York, New York
July 2014 Summer Cut, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX
June 2014 Beyond Measure, SEABA Gallery Burlington, VT
Jan 2014 Simply Drawn: Gifts to the Columbus Museum from the Collection of Wynn Kramarsky, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Georgia
July 2013 Mostly White, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
May 2012 The Figure, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX
April 2012 FountainHead, The Art Foundation, Dallas, TX
March 2012 SCOPE International Art Show, New York, NY
Sept 2011 Summer Paper, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
Nov 2010 Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Sept 2010 On Paper: Painted, Printed, Jill Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY
July 2010 Mirage, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO
Jan 2009 Rag and Bone, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Sept 2007 Color as Structure: Structure as Color, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
July 2007 The Grid, Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY
March 2006 Rhythmic Brushwork, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
Dec 2005 The Ending of the Beginning:Our First Twelve, Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 2005 Rhythmic Brushwork,The Karl Drerup Art Gallery,Plymouth State University,Plymouth,NH
Aug 2005 Rhythmic Brushwork, Museum for the National Center of Afro-American Arts, Roxbury, MA
Dec 2004 Rhythmic Brushwork, Skylight Gallery, New York, NY
May 2004 Ceremonial Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
March 2004 Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
July 2000 Black & White, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1996 – 1998 MFA: Painting Yale School of Art
1991 – 1995 BA: Visual Studies Dartmouth College

Grants and Awards
2013 Jacobus Family Fellowship, Dartmouth College
2009 – 2012 Walter and Constance Burke Research Award, Dartmouth College
April 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
May 2004 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize
July 2000 Paul Harper Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowship
1996 – 1998 Phillip Morris Fellowship
1997 Schollkopf Traveling Prize, Yale School of Art
1995 – 1996 Visual Studies Internship, Dartmouth College
1995 Afro-American Society Award for Academic Excellence, Dartmouth
1995 High Honors and Academic Citations in Visual Studies, Dartmouth
1994 Mellon Fellowship Finalist

August 2013 Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
June 2001 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT
July 2000 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT

About Enrico Riley

The work of Vermont-based artist (and visual art professor at Dartmouth College) Enrico Riley seems to vibrate with energetic color and line. In these abstract, almost childlike drawings and paintings of figures and faces, what appears to be spontaneous is actually part of a process of slow and deliberate observation. “I am trying to work with the attitude that many sources and types of subject matter can influence me as I work and that this information can be deployed in a nonlinear fashion,” Riley has said of his works. “There are no set rules about color, composition, style or subject matter. Through the process of making, the works are allowed to find what they need to exist.” Previously, the artist has created abstract works based on musical scores, where color and form stand in for rhythm and tone, as well as figureless monochromatic compositions in white.

American, b. 1973, Waterbury, CT, USA, based in Norwich, Vermont