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In terms of painting I'm always looking for something I don't recognize. In terms of the subject matter though I find that day-to-day the country bears little resemblance to the ideals that I associate with it...and I resist a language of painting that would suggest a seamless picture.  For me the material creates form but it also resists, pushes back.  It becomes a place for us to enter into.

Jaclyn Conley's vivid, collage-like paintings based on photographs of public figures and events eloquently connects with key social and political concerns of our time.

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For Conley, there is no single element greater than the composition itself. (..) Conley’s paintings have a point of entry for all, but to me she is the consummate painter’s painter. There are mysteries in her work set aside for her kinsman in craft. Her work implores me to remember the material beauty of paint itself.
- Titus Kaphar

Jaclyn Conley (b. 1979) is a Canadian-born artist based in New Haven, CT. Conley has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including The Painting Center, NY, NurtureArt, NY, Projective City, Paris, Wynick-Tuck Gallery, Toronto, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield CT.

Inspired by historical events, departing from a photograph or a painting, Conley’s work connects key social and political concerns of our time with a sense of pictorial beauty. Through the use of collages and thick brushstrokes, Conley plays with the materiality to convey a story. The features and figures in the artist’s work are defied and disrupted...

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