Selected works by Angela Dufresne

Angela Dufresne
Me and Bruce Lee and another famous yet un-nameable man on the shore in front of an unmade building by Frank Lloyd Wright called the Donahue Triptych


oil on canvas

167.6 x 198 cm
Atop a wall of craggy rock, theatrically backlit by an early evening sky, arched walkways connect two wings of a high modernist habitat. Based on a drawing of an unmade building by Frank Lloyd Wright commissioned by the Donahue family, Dufresne's painting is a dream landscape, imbued with the spirit of visionary architecture. It is one of many examples in the artist's work of "places that should have been but never were, that exist only as fantasy." The artist often discreetly inserts herself into her own compositions; unmasked in this case in the long, whimsical title, she picks her way along the shore in the company of two male celebrities, one identified and one not.
Angela Dufresne
The Phillip Johnson New Canaan House with the Floating Museum and Conservatory addition c. 2046


oil on canvas

243.8 x 182.9 cm


Angela Dufresne: introducing an artist who wants everyone to live in a masterpiece

By Justin Conner

"I listened to Jimi Hendrix pretty much nonstop while doing this painting," says Brooklyn-based artist Angela Dufresne about one of her newest works. Considering the 36-year-old painter's penchant for amplified colors and large canvases, psychedelic inspiration comes as no surprise. Electrified by a bold palette, her landscapes are infused with modernist structures that evoke the spirit of visionary architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Walter Gropius, and her buildings recall the romance the world once had with the ideals of modernism and its promises to transform everyday life. "It's almost like I'm resurrecting that romantic fantasy of whatever modernists wanted to achieve. Instead, we're surrounded with strip malls and suburbs." Because of her original perspective and vibrant execution, Dufresne has begun to draw not only attention but also respect in the art world. She made her New York City solo debut at Monya Rowe gallery this past winter and is currently showing in "Greater New York 2005" at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens.

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