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Introducing Paintings by Mark Dagley, New York Artist Who Emerged in the 1980s

David Richard Gallery is now representing Mark Dagley, a New York-based artist originally from Washington DC who studied at the Corcoran School of Art. Dagley’s work explores color, materials and non-objective abstraction spanning some of the most important periods and movements in international art over the past four decades. He emerged on the scene in New York during the 1980s along with his peers and colleagues including Barry X Ball, Max Gimblett, Olivier Mosset, James Nares, Stephen Parrino, Li Trincere, and Alan Uglow, among many others. His first solo exhibition in 1987 was at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City. (Please note, we also represent the artwork fo Li Trincere and will send you images of her work separately).

This is a snapshot of select works and series from a portion of Dagley's career, many other works are available through David Richard Gallery. A brief bio follows the images.

Shaped Monochromes - This is an important body of work for Dagley that was almost exclusively shown at his European galleries in the 90s. In fact, many of the paintings had been stored in Europe snd just returned to New York this summer, so this is a bit of debut for many of them and a real treasure trove.

Mark Dagley Mono Shaped - Dark Blue Bent, 1992

Acrylic on canvas 71.6" x 56.6"

Mark Dagley Mono Shaped - Green Monochrome, 1992

Acrylic on canvas 80.7 x 73.2 "

Mark Dagley Mono Shaped - Black 6 Point, 1992 Acrylic on canvas 81 x 76 "

Mark Dagley Mono Shaped - Red Hex, 1992

Acrylic on canvas 99.2 x 63.7 "

Dagley was influenced by and friendly with many of the Washington Color School artists, including Paul Reed, Gene Davis, Leon Berkowitz and Thomas Downing. While Dagley uses color extensively, it is explored through many different compositional formats using a wide array of materials and supports, such as shaped canvases, metal supports, wood, resin, paint, etc. Please take a look at the following selection of paintings from the late 80s through 2000s that might interest you. Dagley is very close friends with artist George Condo, who also owns several of his major paintings.

Vanishing Point and Topographical Paintings - these are selections from several series that followed the Monochromes.

Mark Dagley Untitled (Blue Triangles), 1994

Acrylic on canvas 48 x 24 "

Mark Dagley Pharaoh Sanders, 1995

Acrylic on canvas 75.5 x 35.4 "

Mark Dagley Vortex, 1995

Acrylic on canvas 69 x 70 "

Post Op / Neo Op Paintings - The following paintings are from more recent series. While they read as Op Art, Dagley considers them to be more about color and perceptual explorations that happen to have optical qualities. These paintings are technically challenging and take him months to years to complete. This is the work that was included in the exhibition, “Post-Hypnotic” that traveled throughout the US in 1999-2001. His painting, “Concentric Sequence”, 1996 was the front cover the catalog.

Mark Dagley Secondary Value Vortex (Green, Orange, Purple Dot Painting) Acrylic on canvas 84 x 84 "

Mark Dagley Hued Spiral, 1999

Oil and graphite on canvas 24 x 24 "

Mark Dagley Cul de Sac II Acrylic on linen 72 x 72 "

Mark Dagley Spectral Presence, 2006

Acrylic on canvas 64 x 54 "

Mark Dagley Yellow and Purple Orb Acrylic and mixed mediums on unprimed canvas 72 x 70 "

Mark Dagley Pink Ringed Orb Acrylic and mixed mediums on unprimed canvas 64 x 64 "

Mark Dagley Mark Dagley (b. 1957, Washington D.C.) is a visual artist who studied painting and sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art, and painting, video and electronic music at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He currently studies classical guitar privately and Music Theory in the evening division at The Juilliard School. Dagley has exhibited his work internationally for the past three decades, including in North America, Europe, and Australasia. During the 1980s, he was active in the East Village abstract painting scene and showed alongside other pioneering abstract painters, including Barry X Ball, Max Gimblett, Olivier Mosset, James Nares, Stephen Parrino, Li Trincere, and Alan Uglow, among many others. His first solo exhibition took place in 1987, at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City. In 1993 Dagley had his first Museum exhibition at the Kunstverein St. Gallen, Switzerland. In the same year, he received his first major commission from Hoffman/LaRoche Pharmaceuticals: two wall reliefs, nine-foot square, which were installed in their new office building outside of Basel. His work was included in the groundbreaking group exhibition Post-Hypnotic, which traveled throughout the United States from 1999-2001. His work Concentric Sequence (1996) was featured on the cover of the exhibition catalog. During his career, Dagley has worked with a number of influential galleries worldwide, including Tony Shafrazi Gallery (NYC), Galerie Hans Strelow (Dusseldorf, Germany), Galeria Mar Estrada (Madrid, Spain), and Galerie Swart (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). More recently he has exhibited his work at Anna Kustera Gallery (NYC), The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts (Long Branch, NJ), The Suburban (Chicago, IL), Daniel Weinberg Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Instituto de Artes Graficas (Oaxaca, Mexico), ParisCONCRET (Paris, France), Galeria Leyendecker (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain), and Musee des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland). His work can be found in the collections of the Cafritz Foundation, Collection Doberman, Oppenheim & Co, R.H. Peterson, University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, the Musée des Beaux Arts La Chaud de Fonds, Credit-Suisse, Hoffman/LaRoche, Henkel GmbH, EMI Madrid, Bloomingdales Corporation, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires and Muzeum umění Olomouc, Czech Republic. His most recent exhibitions were at, Spencer Brownstone Gallery (2017), MACBA (2015), Galerie Caesar (2015), The Museum of Geometric & Madi Art (2013), Kent Place Gallery (2012), Minus Space (2012)

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