312. ALICE DENISON M'07 Pangloss VI, 2018
Oil on Linen
12" x 32"
Courtesy of the artist and Gallery NAGA
Alice Denison’s new paintings, all titled Pangloss, explode with energy and extravagance. Ornately rendered plants and flowers, floating on top of darker backgrounds as if they were sewn into tapestries, appear otherworldly, with a dreamlike rendering unlike most grounded still lifes. While ostensibly decorative, the paintings reward prolonged inspection. Denison studied painting as an undergraduate in 1980, pursued other directions, and has returned to the studio with devotion in the past fifteen years. Her work was spurred by a 2007 MFA program of Massachusetts College of Art and Design conducted at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Alice Denison is represented by Gallery NAGA in Boston, MA.