Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of May:
Jenny Brillhart, Tessa Greene O'Brien, and New Works by Gallery Artists
Opening Friday, May 3rd from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.
Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.
For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084
Tessa Greene O'Brien
Tessa O’Brien makes paintings that reference light, play with architectural space, and revel in color. Combining representation with process-based abstraction, O’Brien uses color & mark-making to impose a narrative upon the structures that she depicts in paint, or paints upon. Tessa received her B.S. from Skidmore College, and her MFA from Maine College of Art. She currently resides in South Portland, ME.
O'Brien states that observing her surroundings is a constant exercise, an action that brings joy and fascination. Her works convey a sense of place and the passage of time. Photographs of the artist's daily environment and travels become reference material for the work, recalling the feeling of the air when the photograph was taken, the quality of light, the temperature and mood of the day. These records are then translated onto canvas. Time elapses between the initial moment of record and the making of a painting, creating gaps in information that turn into improvisation in the studio through color and mark making. Paint becomes a medium of experience, representing the space between moment, place, and memory.
O’Brien has shown throughout New England, including a recent solo exhibition at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, ME, and an upcoming solo show at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, ME. She has attended residencies at Monson Arts, Haystack, Vermont Studio Center, Hewnoaks, and Stephen Pace House, and will be an artist in residence at the Studioworks Residency at the Tides Institute in Eastport, Maine, and the Joseph A Fiore Residency at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefforsonville, ME this fall. O’Brien co-founded the Portland Mural Initiative with her partner Will Sears, and operates a mural and sign painting business called Better Letter Hand Painted Signs.