Jenny Brillhart - Artists - Dowling Walsh

Jenny Brillhart is interested in the unexpected and often overlooked—places and materials plucked from everyday life that arrest her attention. Placed in three-dimensional arrangements in the studio or photographed and assembled in collages, the common and quotidian become subjects for her spare, elegant compositions. Rendered in mostly muted tones, with considered notes of strong color, there is an atmosphere of stillness, of quietude in her paintings. Light and shadows play a dominant role. The influence of Shaker design and craftsmanship runs deep, as do the Precisionist paintings of Charles Scheeler. Shape, space, and gravity are defined by her masterly mark-making. 

Brillhart received her BFA from Smith College, Northampton, MA, and MFA in painting from The New York Academy of Art, with additional studies at The Art Students League, New York, NY. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kuckei + Kuckei Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL; and numerous other solo and group exhibitions throughout Maine, Florida, Germany, and Spain. In 2019, Brillhart's work was included in the New England Biennial Exhibition at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, and in 2017, in the two-person exhibition Temporality: Jenny Brillhart & Sara Stites at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. She lives and works in Blue Hill, ME. 


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