The content on this page is aggregated and is not affiliated with the artist.
“For some artists, art history is a crushing burden, a constant, inescapable reminder of greatness they’ll never live up to. Dennis Congdon evidently finds this amusing. Working on canvases up to nine feet wide, he creates colorful, busily detailed images in a goofy comic style that calls to mind Roz Chast’s cartoons. They describe sunny Mediterranean landscapes resembling abandoned archaeological sites where masterpieces of sculpture and painting have been left to molder and decay...To create his paintings, Mr. Congdon relies on an oddly laborious process. Instead of drawing the imagery directly on the canvas, he applies the outlines by spraying dark blue paint through intricately cut stencils. Then he fills in the linear compositions loosely by brush with luminous films of rich sugary colors. The effect is optically scintillating.” - Ken Johnson, The New York Times undefined