Acrylic paintings on panels
On view January-February
Location: Camilla Blackman Hall at Indian Hill Music
36 King Street, Littleton MA
General Exhibit Hours: M-F 9am-8pm; Sat. 8am-4pm*
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4, 6-8pm. Public welcome.
*PLEASE NOTE: Contact Indian Hill before planning your visit as there could be an event in our gallery space: 978.486.9524 (press 0). The works are available for purchase; inquire at Indian Hill Music or contact the artist.
The landscape is humankind's largest artifact; the point of intersection where individuals and cultures influence or experience their surroundings and, unwittingly or knowingly, express their identity, social constructs, or political economy. Artist John J. Daly documents and explores broad themes concerning the boundary between nature and culture, and the implications of cultural beliefs and economics for the human landscape. His particular concerns are the relationship between contemporary or historical activities and specific physical environments, and the future ramifications for the cultural landscape because of technological development. A historian as well as an artist, Mr. Daly is an expert on America's built environment, having spent over a decade documenting significant landscapes and buildings associated with manufacturing, scientific research, transportation, and national defense. He borrows from this analytical framework as he identifies, isolates, and simplifies the functional or aesthetic essence of particular landscapes or human activities into his art.
John J. Daly was born in New Hampshire and holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Brown University. His work investigates the reciprocity between past and contemporary economic activities and the natural landscape through both artistic and historical frameworks. He first obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and has exhibited artwork in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Virginia galleries. His paintings employ the tools of Abstract Expressionism to extrapolate from the essential formal structures of historic engineered landscapes. He then earned a Master's degree in American Civilization, and worked in the field of historic preservation for eleven years while continuing his artistic pursuits. Through photographs and narratives, Mr. Daly has evaluated hundreds of manufacturing, scientific research, transportation, and national defense properties across the eastern United States and has completed documentations that are housed in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the National Park Service; and various states' archives. He currently lives and works in Massachusetts. Learn more about the artist.
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