Sheryl Denbo

Aqua Flow #1
Mixed Media on Canvas
40 x 30 inches
Aqua Flow #5
Mixed Media on Canvas
48 x 30 inches
Aqua Flow #2
Mixed Media on Canvas
40 x 30 inches
Aqua Flow #4
Mixed Media on Canvas
48 x 24 inches
Aqua Flow #3
Mixed Media on Canvas
30 x 40 inches
Silver Tint 3
Mixed Media on Canvas
40 x 30 inches
Silver Tint 8
Mixed Media on Canvas
20 x 20 inches
Silver Tint 9
Mixed Media on Canvas
20 x 20 inches
Silver Tint 1
Mixed Media on Canvas
36 x 36 inches

About the Work: Creating Sculptural Canvases 

 


My sculptural canvases are developed through a complex process that builds the surface until it transcends its original structure. The three-dimensional and metallic nature of these sculptural paintings create apparent changes in color and tone as the light changes and/or the viewer moves. Classically layered gold leaf in abstract form bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary images.

Current series: Aqua Flow and Silver Tints, 

Paint, paper, plaster and leaf are put on, scraped off, seeped, dredged, brushed, and smoothed until a certain look, feel, and presence is achieved.   Three-dimensional paintings are developed through a series of complex steps that build hard texture on wood and canvas. 

 

 Artist Influences 

Teachers: Helen Corning, and Bruce Dorfman.

      Helen’s style was abstract/minimalist with many Asian influences.  She taught me to limit my color pallet and trust myself enough to reach a zone or creative space from which the work emerges.  Under Bruce Dorfman, I fell in love with mixed media.  He creates abstract, monochromatic sculptural canvases using found objects.  He taught me to explore my intention, and focus on how to get there.  Helen Corning and Bruce Dorfman both encouraged me to find my own creative energy and to trust it—and then, to move ahead to continue to develop the work.

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Historical Influences:  

Gustav Klimt and Robert Rauschenberg

    Gustav Klimt was a dramatic Austrian painter of the early 20th century, who experimented with abstract painting, symbolism, and gold.  Unlike other artists, he was proud to be a decorative painter.  Robert Rauschenberg, an abstract expressionist of the late 20th century, used found objects to create assemblages that are not unlike my own “Car Parts” and “Trash Series”.  His lesser known gold leaf paintings, grounded on newsprint, have been an inspiration to me.  Rauschenberg happily blended kitsch and fine art.

 

Art Exhibitions:

2017 - Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine - August - Group Show

2017 - Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine - July - Group Show

2016 – Mulholland Gallery, Lubec, Maine – Retrospective - Solo Show

2016 – Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine – August -  Group Show

2016 – Reidell Galleries – Eastport, Maine –  Platinum -  Solo Show

2016 – Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine – July - Group Show

2016 – Ariodante Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA –  Group Show

2016 – Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine – June -  Group Show

2015 – Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine – August - Group Show

2015 – Campobello Fog Fest – Group Show

2015 - Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine – July Group Show

2015 – Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine – Solo Show

2015 – River Arts, Damariscotta, Maine

2014 – Crow Town Gallery, Lubec, Maine – Golden Hour Show

2014 – Mulholland Gallery, Lubec, Maine – Maine Impressions Show

2013 – The Art Students League, New York – Hard Ware Show

2012 – Mulholland Gallery, Lubec, Maine – Passamaquoddy Bay Re-Imagined Show

2012 – Bushwick Open Studio, Brooklyn, New York – Light and Form Show

2011 – The Art Students League, New York – Doors Show

2009-2006 – City Gallery, New York – Asian and African Influences Show

2004 – Yellow Barn, New York – Monochromatic Abtraction Show.

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