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Color Faculty Dennis Masback exhibits his paintings in Berry-Hill Galleries

Dennis Masback‘s painting reveals a record of his working process that is both random and meticulous. Each piece begins with the casual placement of forms and develops as these forms are precisely painted. Working from back to front, layers of translucent acrylic paint reveal the underlying structure of the work. The work itself is inspired by the syncopated sounds of jazz. Shapes and lines form rhythmic compositions that mimic the improvisations of bebop, scat and the blues. These works, like jazz, are complex, evoking more than their elegant surfaces suggest. The work suggests an architectural landscape, a city grid. Hard lines and edges delineate spaces and forms – squares and rectangles become windows, bricks and blocks. The interlocking lines can also suggest a handmade or loomed cloth, as each work is “woven” from hundreds of lines and forms that are individually painted in luminous colors.

Dennis Masback received B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Washington University School of Art in St. Louis and was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship in painting from The National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Pratt Institute and Parsons The New School for Design.

The works are on view:
Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc.
11 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
May 2010
Hours: Monday though Friday from 10:00am to 5:30pm

March, 25x30, Acrylic On Wood, 2003

April, 30x36, Acrylic On Wood, 2003

November, 30x36, Acrylic On Wood, 2003


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  1. Dennis is a true inspiration to me. I was in his class in 2005 and continue to paint because of him. I love his work and his demeanor as a teacher is amazing. He sees each student as an individual and understands what inspires them. So nice to see his beautiful pieces here!