Mark Dagley

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Mark  Dagley Mark Dagley Hued Spiral 1999 Oil and graphite on canvas 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery

Hued Spiral
- Oil and graphite on canvas , 1999
24 x 24 in

Before there was art:

Growing up, I liked collecting rocks and fossils, breeding tropical fish and playing classical guitar. I began painting seriously as a teenager and my goal was to become a professional artist.



I had an instructor in high school named Raymond Wilkins who was a fine oil painter and proficient in all mediums. He was a very passionate teacher. He introduced me to the world of art and encouraged me to investigate the local scene: the Washington Color School. I was particularly drawn to the work of Gene Davis, Morris Louis and Anne Truitt.

[Dagley also took classes with Ed McGowin and attended the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design while still in high school and later studied painting, video and electronic music at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.]



Colorists and Mannerists:

Color has always been a primary interest of mine and the Venetian colorists—Veronese, Titian, Tintoretto—maintain their appeal. I’ve also always enjoyed Mannerist art: Bronzino, Ghirlandaio, Parmigianino. The mythological and overworked hyper-detailed paintings of Joachim Wtewael are especially fascinating.



Schooled by color:

Having grown up in Washington D.C. when I did, I couldn’t help but be influenced by the Color School. Their discoveries and use of materials continue to inform my work. Like the Mannerists, their compositions seem to constantly change dimensionality.



A certain type of magic:

Painters are probably the most vexed by their own work. Even the smallest change can cause a total reworking of a painting. Many times a painting takes on a life of its own and a certain type a magic occurs. It starts telling the artist what needs to be done.



Qualities musical and otherwise:

Since I am also a musician, I tend to use elements and techniques of composition and performance in my visual art. Many color decisions are based on triad awareness, for example the use of red, yellow and blue or orange, green and purple. With the addition of white or black for mixing, the possibilities are endless.

The qualities I take into consideration when making a painting are repetition and the speed at which images affect the eye, how form and structure affect the body, and how color choices affect all of the above.

[Dagley still studies music at The Juilliard School, has a book and music publishing venture, Abaton Book Company, which he runs with his wife Lauri Bortz, and while living and studying art in Boston, started the art-rock post-punk band The Girls, which also featured artist George Condo, and later on formed the Hi Sheriffs of Blue.]



The 10,000 Dot Rule:

Each series of work contains a motif. Sometime that motif may be the shape of the canvas itself or just a single color. I may focus on the repetition of a dot, but I’ll use tens of thousand of dots to get the effect I need. This creates a faster paced painting, one that can be seen in a glance. If I want to slow things down, I’ll focus on a series of shapes that force the eye to follow a contour.



Visual architecture:

I like to create design elements which initiate a composition. My work is a type of visual architecture that allows a narrative of surprise and improvisation to occur. It has a beginning, middle and end; therefore, it’s never truly abstract.



Seeing things not as they are:

A small child once referred to a three-stepped floor sculpture with a high gloss surface as a “Glass Mountain.” That perception, bordering on the psychedelic, seeing something as it was not, was my favorite description of a specific work.

[Dagley has works at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas, at the Collection Doberman, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Cafritz Foundation, among many others.]


Mark Dagley: Neo-Op at David Richard Gallery
WhiteHot Magazine, 03/28/2019
Mark Bloch

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mark Dagley
Wall Street International Magazine, 03/11/2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Mark Dagley, 03/04/2019

Monday, March 4, 2019


Mark Dagley
Friday, March 1, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mark  Dagley Mark Dagley Hued Spiral 1999 Oil and graphite on canvas 24 x 24 at David Richard Gallery Hued Spiral
Oil and graphite on canvas   1999
24 x 24 in
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Mark  Dagley Mark Dagley Arcturus Acrylic on canvas 1999 24 x 86 at David Richard Gallery Arcturus
Acrylic on canvas   2011
25 x 85.5 x 1.5 in
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Mark  Dagley Mark Dagley Blue Orb 1997  Pigment on paper 20 x 20 at David Richard Gallery Blue Orb
Pigment on paper   1997
20 x 20 in

Mark  Dagley Mark Dagley Cannonball Acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 at David Richard Gallery Cannonball
Acrylic on canvas   2011
30 x 30 in
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Mark  Dagley Mark Dagley Charmed Circles 2019 Acrylic on canvas 79 x 52 x 1.5 at David Richard Gallery Charmed Circles
Acrylic on canvas   2019
79 x 52 x 1.5 in
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Mark  Dagley Mark Dagley Cul de Dac II 2001 Acrylic on linen 72 x 68 at David Richard Gallery Cul de Sac II
Acrylic on linen   2001
72 x 68 x 1.25 in
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