Eileen Dorsey is a Cleveland native who graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2006. Since earning her BFA, Eileen Dorsey has shown her work in several regional galleries and received many awards. Art Neo Museum, Baldwin Wallace University's Fawick Gallery, Butler Institute of Art, Tri-C Gallery West, and Sandusky Cultural Center are just some of the Galleries in which she has shown. In 2011 she was awarded First Place from the 12th Annual National Arts Program Exhibit. Later that year, Dorsey participated in a month-long artist residency at the prestigious Vermont Studio Center. In October of 2016 Dorsey was awarded second runner up for the Akron Art Prize.
Dorsey's portfolio has expanded vastly in the last few years. Her work can be found in the collections of: The Cuyahoga County Administration Building, Kaplan Trucking Co., Southwest General Hospital, and University Hospital's Case Medical Center. Dorsey's rich color palette and robust surfaces have been sought out by not only private, but public commissions as well.
Dorsey’s newest work is a contemporary approach to impressionism, focusing on the landscape that surrounds her. With an impasto application, she adheres the oil paint to the surface. She approaches each canvas with an aggressive, yet subtle sensibility that distorts the image depending on how it is viewed in proximity. Dorsey’s tool of choice is the palette knife, and with it she makes sharp decisions as she slathers, scrapes and tosses paint upon the surface.
Like the impressionist painters, her focus is on the light in her paintings. She starts each piece with an established light or mood and uses her sense of color to push the boundaries of what is realistic and what is suggested. Dorsey often replaces black tones with deep purples and blues, and greys with pinks and lavenders.
Exploring in the woods as a child installed an appreciation for nature and all the colors and textures from it. Dorsey continues with that exploration as an adult as she pushes the boundaries of color and textures in her paintings.
Colorado Hike 2
Oil on Canvas 30" x 48" 2016 This colorful landscape painting was achieved with no brush
Large Green Tree 42" x 42" 2017 Oil and Acrylic on canvas This painting uses traditional paint
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