Special “Eye” to Watch

Marcelyn McNeil’s
first solo in Dallas and at Conduit Gallery through July 2.

Observing Marcelyn’s grouping of hard edge, happy paintings at the 2011 Texas Biennial
followed a month later while attending her opening at Conduit convinced this trained
tried and true “eye” of having found a new Texas talent.
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Speed, 2010, oil on panel, 71x74 inches
Like a Chameleon, 2011, oil on panel, 43x48 inches
Standing out and capturing attention are the voluminous yet caressing sensual shapes
rendered in a “punchy” but subdued, sophisticated color palette, living up to the artist’s
wishes to possess a “strong personality.” The simple and bold purposefully floating shapes
become almost sculptural dimensionally on a flat surface while relating to her associated
playful three-dimensional works made out of paper in the show.
The liquidity of paint is expertly explored through the process of pouring multiple thin layers,
editing, sanding and repour-ing allowing drips, soiling, and paint to flow beyond established
boundaries. What results is a balance between the freedom-loving forms and establishing a
lush ‘painterly’ ground ‘about paint.’ All of this can be accomplished by Marcelyn’s
“confidence combined with moments of vulnerability.”
A Pound of Flesh and a Bit of Fooling Around, 2011, oil on panel, 43x48 inches
Marcelyn, born in 1965, now a Houstonite, received her MFA from the University of Illinois.
Conduit Gallery
1626 C Hi Line Drive. Dallas, TX 75207  
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM