Michael Dolen

Michael Dolen

As a painter I’ve always been drawn to high-intensity surfaces, full-tilt coloration and structures that accommodate the intersection of abstract and geometric forms. Even in my marginally representational works I’ve wanted to avoid any semblance of illustration or topicality, preferring tension and suggestiveness to resolution or statement. When I am drawn to biomorphic shapes, I want them to seem compelling in themselves and also as dynamic elements in a design that is never entirely comfortable with its own devices. As I look at the recent works I’ve painted I see that there is nothing settled or easy-going about them. Though I am willing to sign on to the idea that in art everything is now permitted and that artists are free to go wherever their imaginations may take them, I believe that my works are responsive to formal and conceptual constraints, and that no viewer will fail to sense the importance of those constraints, even where they elude explicit definition.

Of course, I am often tempted to apply labels to my own works as a way of explaining to myself where they belong. Are there signs of what one critic called “an essentially baroque sensibility?" No doubt there are such signs, as in the presence of baroque swirls, deep, sometimes sumptuous coloring, curving figures, improbable conjunctions. And yet I am reluctant to settle for any such sense of the work, or for an approach that would emphasize traces of Color Field painting or of other modernist traditions that might suggest an orthodoxy or a program for doing more or less the same sort of thing over and over again.

Are there characteristic preoccupations in my recent work? I think there are, and those preoccupations have rarely to do with narrative or theme. Better, I think, to regard the works as serious exercises in the handling of illusionistic and abstract space, in which the goal, above all, is the creation of an emotional weather. Can that weather include the sense that we have not yet entirely overcome our lust for the beautiful? I think it can. My hope is that viewers of the work will discover that lust, that persisting predilection in their encounter with these paintings, even where the compositions seem—as they are—disjunctive, ambiguous and, at their best, enigmatic.

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Michael Dolen - Circus Performer in a Garden 769K Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Performer in a Garden 769K, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Circus Performer in a Garden 769K, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Circus Performer; After the Show Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Performer; After the Show, 2017
Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Circus Performer; After the Show, 2017
Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Circus Riffs with a Garden 841K Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Riffs with a Garden 841K, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
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Michael Dolen


Circus Riffs with a Garden 841K, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Three Circus Performers 452J Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Three Circus Performers 452J, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Three Circus Performers 452J, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Two Circus Figures with a Fan 584G Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Two Circus Figures with a Fan 584G, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Two Circus Figures with a Fan 584G, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Circus Performer in Transition 874J Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Performer in Transition 874J, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
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Michael Dolen


Circus Performer in Transition 874J, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Four Circus Performers 492N Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Four Circus Performers 492N, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Four Circus Performers 492N, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Circus Figures and Friend Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Figures and Friend, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Circus Figures and Friend, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Circus Figure 873Q Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Figure 873Q, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Circus Figure 873Q, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Circus Performer Swimming with His Icon Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Performer Swimming with His Icon, 2017
Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Circus Performer Swimming with His Icon, 2017
Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Two Circus Performers Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Two Circus Performers, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Two Circus Performers, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Circus Performer with a Cat Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Performer with a Cat, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Circus Performer with a Cat, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Circus Performers 913H Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Performers 913H, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen


Circus Performers 913H, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 24"
$5950
Michael Dolen - Circus Performer: Solo Performance 185V Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Circus Performer: Solo Performance 185V, 2017
Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 48"
$6450
Michael Dolen


Circus Performer: Solo Performance 185V, 2017
Colored Lithograph and Mixed Media on Paper
36" x 48"
$6450
Michael Dolen - Acrobat Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Acrobat, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Acrobat, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Battle of Saratoga Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Battle of Saratoga, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Battle of Saratoga, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Matrix 606 H Mixed Media on Canvas, Mixed Media View on a wall Matrix 606 H, 2017
Mixed Media on Canvas
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Matrix 606 H, 2017
Mixed Media on Canvas
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Hero/Flower Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Hero/Flower, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Hero/Flower, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Travels with L. Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Travels with L., 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Travels with L., 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Matrix 505 F Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Matrix 505 F, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Matrix 505 F, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Two Travelers Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Two Travelers, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Two Travelers, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Evening at Peter Island Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Evening at Peter Island, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Evening at Peter Island, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Afternoon in Guadeloupe Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Afternoon in Guadeloupe, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Afternoon in Guadeloupe, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Hero/Flower 678A Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Hero/Flower 678A, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Hero/Flower 678A, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Matrix 820B Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Matrix 820B, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Matrix 820B, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Hero 312D Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Hero 312D, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Hero 312D, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Hero Flower 222B Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Hero Flower 222B, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Hero Flower 222B, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Morning in Guadeloupe Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Morning in Guadeloupe, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Morning in Guadeloupe, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Travels with Cy Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Travels with Cy, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
23" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Travels with Cy, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
23" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Hero 289A Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Hero 289A, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Hero 289A, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Tintoretto's Daughter Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Tintoretto's Daughter, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Tintoretto's Daughter, 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Juggler Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Juggler, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Juggler, 2016
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen - Hero/L. Mixed Media on Paper, Mixed Media View on a wall Hero/L., 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500
Michael Dolen


Hero/L., 2017
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 18"
$5500

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