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Brian Dooley 2008 Acrylic Painting on Wood "Locked Up"

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Brian Dooley (American; 20th/21st century)
Locked Up, 2008
Acrylic on wood
Titled, dated, and inscribed to verso

From the studios of Visionaries + Voices – a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities.

An acrylic painting on wood titled Locked Up by Cincinnati-based artist Brian Dooley (20th/21st century), created in 2008. This work features a blurred depiction of a figure holding a number, portrayed with large gestural brushstrokes and smudged pigments. Unsigned, the work is presented in a black wood frame with an inscribed label from Visionaries + Voices adhered to the verso.

Brian Dooley started making art in early 2006. Since then he has flourished as a painter, sculptor, carpenter, jeweler, and illustrator. Almost any object has the potential to become art in his hands. His inspirations vary, but whatever the source of inception, the artist renders his subject skillfully. Whether forming a piece of clay into the body of Abraham Lincoln, painting a portrait from life or duplicating illustrations of Anime characters, Dooley adeptly records observed details. His subjects are broad in scope, ranging from frivolous and wooly plush creatures to his somber studies in mortality. Exploring a topic such as death through his artwork, he often creates an astonishing variety of objects. Caskets are shaped from legos, popsicle sticks and clay. A small cemetery gradually takes form as Dooley honors fallen pets with scrap wood crosses and solemn burial services. Similar explorations into the subject of money have resulted in large paintings, pillows and photocopied dollar bills. No matter the theme, he works with focus and persistence to finish a project.


- dirt and residue scattered throughout; small spots of accretion and paint loss scattered throughout painting; wear in frame includes stains, small chips, scratches, and finish loss scattered throughout.


14.25" W x 18.5" H x 2.5" D

- measurement of frame; wood panel size measures approximately 12" W x 16.5" H.

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