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Dennis McLeod
Glen Ellen, California

pages 117-118


Working with a reductive/abstractionist view, my interest centers within the use of line and mark-making. Specifically and most importantly an examination of the fundamental idea of simplicity.

Over the last several years my work has centered around the use of line and drips as well as other forms of mark-making to create meditative abstractions which examine the fundamental ideas behind chaos theory, order and repetition. Working with a pared down, mostly monochromatic palette, focuses on the physicality of my technique building layer upon layer to create an almost tangible perception of space and volume.



born: 1952, Norfolk, Virginia


California College of the Arts, BFA/Drawing, 1980

selected awards/honors

Millay Artist Residency Fellowship, 2008
Permanent Collection, Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, California Legion of Honor Museum, 2005
Purchase Award, Dee Roy and Mary M. Jones Collection, California State University, Pomona 2002
Purchase Award, The University of Texas at Tyler, 1997

selected publications

Manifest International Drawing Annual 5, 2010
Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A decade of collection works on paper, California Legion of Honor Museum, 2005

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Dennis McLeod, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA 2003

selected group shows

Clara Hatton Gallery: Drawing in the Expanded Field, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2010
Carnegie Museum of Art: Homesick, Oxnard, CA, 2009
California Legion of Honor Museum: Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A decade of collection works on paper, San Francisco, CA, 2005
Muscarelle Museum of Art: American Drawing Biennial, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1998

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