I was somewhat blown away
by this unexpected
exhibit last weekend.
Who is Dorian Allworthy
Apparently,she lives a few blocks away,
but I've never seen her paintings
in any of our shows.
(and most of them would have
won at least my vote for a gold medal)
Unlike the other professional artists
in the Palette and Chisel,
she's not out there hustling
by constantly promoting herself
with gallery shows and teaching classes.
Like Manet and Cezanne,
she appears to be a serious artist
of independent means.
(her last big show seems to have been
at the Marshall Museum in Mt. Vernon,
back in 2003)
But, as it turns out,
I have heard about her before.Dominic Vignola
(who would still be painting at the P&C
if he could climb all those stairs to the third floor)
first studied art with her father, Joseph Allworthy,
whom Dominic discovered many years ago
through a listing as "Artist" in the Yellow Pages.
(that was, of course, many decades before the internet)
As Dominic tells it,
that emphasizes mass over line and color,
and his daughter, Dorian,
has continued in that direction.
These areLARGE NUDES.
They can dominate a hallway or room,
just like a tapestry
(and it doesn't hurt
that a tapestry is painted in the background)
And they're so decorative.
While the figure always seems to be a model posing.
Here's a popular model from the club.
(who always works the door at the drawing marathons)
Looking something like the Sphinx.
A delicious close-up,
geometrically she works.
A wonderful goat.
Dorian really finds
the strong, simple shapes.
(But who, besides the Palette and Chisel,
would hang a goat over the fireplace ?)
and I love this big,
and would love to visit this chateaux
where the entertainers
don't wear pants.
Here's a few more.
They're sexy in such a casual way.
Why don't I ever get invited to these parties?
While every chateaux
must have it's domestic workers.....
.. and it's peasants.
(and I'm glad they keep their clothes on)
The exhibit was accompanied
by these handwritten
fragments of text.
(this one was next to the standing couple)
Is it really true that
"any attempt to teach art is futile" ?
The remarkable characteristics of Dorian's art
is hardly the result
of her being self taught.