Brian Donnelly at Stephanie Chefas Projects

At the threshold where form and abstraction meet, Canadian artist Brian Donnelly carves his stunning niche. Obscuring his subject matter beyond tangible recognition, the artist creates not a portrait, but the ghost of a portrait, an amorphous reference point to something that was once perceived as beautiful and whole. Entailed in his process is an intuitive understanding that beneath even the most uniform exterior is a fleeting and ultimately destructive reality.

With ‘Reassemble’, Donnelly expands upon previous work to explore portraiture as a record of loss as opposed to eternal likeness. Accordingly, each piece sees Donnelly painting figures with exquisite technique before taking a figurative hammer, blow torch, rope or rake to the canvas. As the visual information deteriorates, identities turn into indefinite abstractions. Paradoxes present themselves as being contingent upon one another in order to exist at all. Meanwhile, a brilliant and unmistakable aesthetic persists.

The opening reception for 'Reassemble' will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, November 3rd from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through November 25, 2017 and is free and open to the public.

About Brian Donnelly

Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Brian Donnelly (b. 1979) currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art and Design. Donnelly has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally including Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Denver, CO, Portland, OR, Australia, Canada, France, and Luxembourg. In addition to his gallery work, Donnelly has exhibited at the LA Art Show, AAF Brussels, and Scope Miami Beach. He has also been featured on Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose Magazine, The Jealous Curator, Widewalls, Supersonic, Platinum Cheese, Bl!sss Magazine, and Ignant.

About Stephanie Chefas

Stephanie Chefas Projects is the labor of love from its owner, Stephanie Chefas, who has been independently curating art exhibits for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now calling Portland home, Chefas retains an eye for cutting-edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries. With endeavors like H eatwave and Neon Love , Chefas also maintains her unique ability to coordinate group shows with distinct concepts that allow artists plenty of breathing room to interpret and explore. Stephanie Chefas Projects is the result of both passion and dedication as well as commitment towards sharing the best in contemporary art with enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 3rd 7-10pm

Exhibition Dates: November 3 - 25, 2017

Location :

Stephanie Chefas Projects
305 SE 3rd Avenue #202
Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 1-6pm and by appointment Contact: | 503.719.6945

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