Dashiell Manley


oil on linen
61 x 38 x 1 1/2 inches

Time and process unite the different bodies of work by Dashiell Manley. For his highly acclaimed New York Times series, Manley copied every word from the front page of a week-old newspaper in watercolor pencil, reliving the news and emotions caused by global events in a repetitive act of creation he would then partially wash away. In his more recent body of work, he laboriously applies oil paint in small waves of color, sculpting the paint with a palette knife in a process both additive and subtractive. Manley developed this technique and mindset in his meditative E series, inspired by Zen meditation and mindfulness. These large-scale works become abstract landscapes drawn from his own internal state of mind. A California native, Manley lives and works in LA.