New Paintings

May 5 - Jun 1, 1984

Starting May 5th, the Frumkin Gallery will show a group of large new paintings by Chuck Dugan. This will be the artist's first one-man show in New York. However, he was seen here recently with two large paintings in the Western State Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

Chuck Dugan was born in Boise, Idaho in 1947 and currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. He studied at Chico State and spent a decade in Northern California before returning to Texas n the later 1970s. He received an MFA from the University of Houston in 1979.

Dugan's paintings are large and colorful and come out of abstract expressionism. He complicates that aesthetic, however, with the introduction of realistic images, such as hearts and still-lifes, which exist in tandem with the abstract elements in the paintings. Many of the works in the show have skeins of paint on the surface, further complicating and intensifying the space and color in the pictures.

Dugan did studies for his Heart paintings while visiting operating theatres in Houston. He has said, "My ideas come from television, the news, the street, history and from friends and strangers."

The Dugan exhibition will run during May though June 1st. The Frumkin Gallery hours are 10 to 6, Tuesday through Friday and 12 to 5:30 on Saturdays.

Exhibition Checklist

1. Hot Dog Gala, 1983-84, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches

2. Double O, 1983-84, oil on canvas, 78 x 104 inches

3. Levitating Heart, 1983, oil on canvas, 66 x 82 inches

4. In the Pretend Red Room, 1983-84, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches

5. The Green Heart, 1983, oil on canvas, 66 x 82 inches

6. Rules of Engagement, 1983-84, oil on canvas, 78 x 109 inches

7. Brain Scan, 1983-84 oil on canvas, 78 x 106 inches