Ro2 Art | Dallas, TX
About the Artist
Ro2 Art is proud to present Re-articulation, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Jeanne Neal. The show will run from May 15 through June 17, 2021. The exhibition will open with a reception at Ro2 Art Downtown located at 110 N. Akard St, Dallas, TX and will take place from 12-5 PM. RSVP
Neal’s paintings are non-objective, gestural works that create a visual language suggesting objects, figures, or patterns derived from nature. A brushstroke serves as a vine, a tendril, or petals bursting out from the picture plane. In composition, balance, and hue the works approach the baroque. They are ornate and weighty without losing a sense of lightness, the complex images seem to float on the substrate. Repetition and evolution are central to her practice. Many of these works were made during quarantine. Neal’s pieces find balance between the heavy hues and the frozen quickness of her brushwork.
This body of work was produced during the pandemic, which has been a time of introspection and re-evaluation; a time of re-articulation that expanded and informed Neal’s way of seeing. The time of quarantine was no doubt, different for everyone, but for many of us resulted in, on various levels, a re-thinking of what we value and what we believe in. This new body of work reveals an oil painting process intuitive (based on speed of application) in nature but creates a precise, detailed rendered language of abstraction.
One might say that the outside world has been re-interpreted or re-seen internally, resulting in familiar, yet at times, ambiguous images; a vision of re-articulation.
Simultaneously abstract and photographic in nature, they occasionally imply recognizable images that refer to Steam Punk, Goya, Bosch, 19th century floral still life, or imagined but fully articulated objects and places. This ambiguous space provokes unanswered questions, of what we are seeing and what we believe in.
Jeanne Neal studied art history, receiving a BA in 1974 from Texas Christian University. She continued painting, maintaining a studio and studying under Bonnie Leibowitz.