Marion Reynolds Dunleavy has had numerous
one-person and group shows in New York and nationally, including 55
Mercer Gallery, Gallery 77, First Street Gallery, Blue Mountain Gallery,
Front Street Gallery, and Gallery 60 in NYC, McGuffey Art Center and
Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Carrie Haddad
Gallery in Hudson, New York. She is the recipient of a Greenshields
Foundation Grant, and has been reviewed in Art in America.
A painting is a window opening onto a place,
an idea, or into an artists soul. My paintings contain windows
within windows. In my cityscapes, windows carry us in and out of private
sanctuaries and enigmatic roofscapes, confined spaces and expansive
city views. A flower, a teacup, or a baby contrast with a chimney,
a castle, or a skyscraper. People indoors sleep, while the city outside
comes alive. Chimneys stand mute, mimicking the skyscrapers in the
distance, life evident only in lights peeking back at us through an
endless array of windows.
The paintings are steeped in the mix of
emotions which infuse our own lives, the harshness and romance, the
hope and yearning, the connection and separation. Each window connects
us to the same world, but each life goes on in its separate space,
unaware of the same drama unfolding one window or hundreds of windows
away. The women in these paintings are in delicate balance between
passion and melancholy, peace and resignation, between the intimacy
of relationships and the solitude of their roles within them.
I paint the world around me, my physical
and emotional world, seeking common experience in the particular.
It is a collaboration, I set it before the viewer, and the rest is
up to you.