Three Jews Walk into a Bar, 2014
Oil on Linen
40 x 30 inches
101.6 x 76.2 centimeters
Marc Dennis is an American artist known for his hyper-realistic and strikingly detailed paintings of subtly staged and slightly voyeuristic images of transformative possibilities and plausible situations that satirize and celebrate art, art history, and popular American culture. Using satire and irony as his muse, and with a nod to artists such as Caravaggio, Manet, Magritte and Norman Rockwell, Dennis’ paintings are saturated with truths and clichés about human behavior and the psychological, spiritual and physical relationships we forge with art and popular culture.
His paintings have been reviewed in the New York Times, Art News, Huffington Post, Jewish Week, Whitehot Magazine, Blackbook, The Forward, and his work was recently featured in Excellence Luxury Magazine Spring 2016 issue; The Laboratory Arts Collective February 2016 issue; and as the cover artist for Art Voices Spring 2015 issue; the centerfold for Whitehot Magazine, Art Basel special edition, December 2015; and he was featured in Modern Painters “25 Artists to Watch” Spring 2013 issue.
His works have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York City, Aspen, London, UK, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Seattle and South Korea. His works are in numerous private and public collections, including those of John and Amy Phelan, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Bill and Maria Bell, Beth DeWoody, David and Jennifer Stockman, Carl and Donna Hessel, Larry Gagosian, Larry and Marilyn Fields, Bob and Cortney Novogrtatz, Nancy Rogers, Michael and Jo Danoff, Sean and Tammy McCarthy, and The Neuberger Berman Collection, New York; The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; The Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio, and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, The Flag Art Foundation in New York City, The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, The Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, NY and The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, PA. Born in 1971 in Danvers, Massachusetts, Dennis is second eldest of five sons. He received his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. Dennis has received grants from Intermedia Arts, the Warhol Foundation, the Pollock Krasner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Related Categories: Hyperrealism, Still Life, Flora, Unsettling, Nature, United States, Painting, Mortality, Modernizing of Traditional Technique, Proactive.