Hidden Essence

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Tender Print, Archival Ink Jet Photo 35 X 29 Inches © Courtesy of G.R. N'Namdi Gallery: Chicago
Hidden Essence

110 North Peoria
Chicago, IL 60607
March 30th, 2012 - August 29th, 2012

River North/Near North Side
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm Sunday-Monday by appointment
printmaking painting, sculpture


G.R. N'Namdi Gallery presents "Hidden Essence", a group exhibition portraying the delicately chaotic works of Deborah Dancy, the abstracted language of Antonio Carreño, and the fragmented, colorful stories of Bernard Williams.


Deborah Dancy explores color, absurdity, and encounters with the self.  While her works vary from painting to photography, the exhibited works explore the use of oil on canvas, depicting neutral tones that splash from warm to cool hues. 

From forms colliding amongst one another to transformed fragments merging together to create new elements, it is clear her vision is derived from inspiration; from the "wild overgrown woodland vegetation that surrounds my home, to the interior world of my mind and the lively images in my granddaughters' drawings", Deborah continues to connect her imagination to the realities of everyday life.

Deborah gained her BFA at Illinois Weslyan University in 1973, her MS in printmaking from Illinois State University in 1976, and her MFA in painting at Illinois State University in 1979.  

Antonio Carreño uses the abstract language of art to express his emotions-- through them he manages to communicate not only psychic situations, but also conveys the saline and vegetative atmosphere of the tropics through his variation of light and shadow.

The concept of a different universe is presented through intense color fields and movement; it gives a general sense of transparent form that can change itself and be penetrated. His work ranges from sculpture and printmaking to drawing and painting. He uses a variety of media from charcoal and pastels to acrylic paints.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Antonio Carreño attended the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo from 1976-1982. He went on to study at the Art Students League in New York City in 1988.

Bernard Williams is a native (b. 1964) of Chicago, Illinois. He holds a BFA Degree from the University of IL. at Champaign-Urbana, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, 1987. Williams has been teaching art at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago since 1991.

The artist has been commissioned to create enormous outdoor murals around Chicago. Mural commissions have been sponsored by a range of organizations and corporations including AT&T, GATX Corp., Kraft Foods, The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, IN., Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Jackson Public School District, Jackson, MS.