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C - charisma - 2011

Charisma,  2011, acrylic on canvas, 36"X60"


Cathy Drennan, continuing her long interest in the world of cultural symbology, is focusing her new work on specific symbols and their broader meaning. She appropriates known symbols then deconstructs and simplifies the form to offer her own visual statement through color, pattern and repetition.  Each work is intended to build on the imagery of its predecessor, and to employ the viewer’s interest in a broader, non-representational manner.

The Charisma series is based on the chief West African Adinkra form, basically a triple circle.  The work, which emphasizes circles within circles within circles, almost hypnotizes one as it conveys a sense of substance and guidance.

Cathy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, her work has been featured in exhibitions in Washington, D.C., and Texas. In 2010 she and her husband, Cohn Drennan, opened the Cohn Drennan Contemporary art gallery in Dallas. Their mission is to contribute to the regional contemporary art dialogue by partnering a network of national and international artists with Texas artists, exploring compatible sensibilities and presenting the constructive and activist influences of cultural discourse to Dallas audiences.  

Charisma Blue
Charisma Blue - 2011, acrylic on canvas, 20"x24"
Charisma Burnt
Charisma Burnt - 2011, acrylic on canvas, 20"x24"