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‘Scrambled Realities’ mixed media paintings

Jane Dell, “Broken Heart”, mixed media paper, 2013
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April 23, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Scrambled Realities,” an exhibit of mixed media paintings by Jane Dell, opens with a reception on Friday, April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through May 17.

“I invite the viewer to enter an imaginary dystopia where familiar elements in unfamiliar combinations create a luscious unease,” says artist Dell.

Her mixed media on Mylar paintings and acrylic/collage on canvas in “Scrambled Realities” include a playful, yet thoughtful mix of materials—watercolor ink, graphite, photos from vintage books, stock images from the Internet, and fabric—that represent an imaginative, metaphorical universe. (Mylar is a strong, stretched polyester film used for thermal blankets, helium balloons, and videotape.)

“The balance that once existed between humans, animals and our environment is being replaced by confusion and concerns about the future,” the artist says. “Things are spinning out of control, causing a juxtaposition of images, forms and colors within the paintings to unexpectedly appear.”

Born in New York City, Dell studied at the School of Visual Arts before earning her BFA from Pratt Institute. She studied textile and fabric arts at Parsons School of Design, created a hand-painted silk business, and exclusively sold work at The Show of Hands gallery in New York City.

For the last 20 years her artwork has been focused on painting, collage and mixed media, and has been exhibited at Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey, P.S. 122 and Gallery at First in New York City, and many other venues throughout the Northeast.

Many of her paintings are in private collections, including the Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ and NYLO Hotels at 77th Street near Broadway in New York City.

For more information about the exhibit call 845/252-7576 or visit www.ArtsAllianceSite.org.