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Robyn O’Neil: Castle Elementary

Talley Dunn Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth exhibition with artist Robyn O’Neil entitled “Castle Elementary.” The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, November 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and O’Neil will give a brief talk at 6:15 p.m.

With this new body of work, O’Neil has created twelve drawings with graphite and mixed media that range from small, immediate expressions to larger-scale, intricate drawings filled with groupings of mysterious symbols. O’Neil is back in top form with her mechanical pencil in the creation of vision-like drawings that recall forces beyond our control, often represented in ominous skies and curious staircase-like constructions.

The recent drawings present skies filled with vision-like imagery that appears to hover just above the horizon, inspired in part by Mayan creation myths and pre-Renaissance symbolism. Works such as “Menagerie” and “The Everywhere Citadel” offer a collection of symbols within staircase-like boundaries, new worlds opening in front of the viewer to drift into and figure out the possible connections. Mixed with the mystery and possibility in these drawings is O’Neil’s playfulness, both with language and form, as seen in “Words Were Not” and “Procession with Exits.”

Born 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, Robyn O’Neil received her B.F.A. degree from Texas A&M Commerce and her M.F.A. degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She currently lives and works in Beverly Hills, California. In 2006, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas, organized the artist’s first one-person museum survey which traveled to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. O’Neil has been included in many prestigious group museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Talley Dunn Gallery is open to the public on Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and by appointment. Please contact Beth Taylor at the gallery (214/521-9898 or for additional information or to request visuals of the exhibition.


November 12, 2016 to December 17, 2016
10:00am to 5:00pm


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Talley Dunn Gallery
5020 Tracy Street
Dallas 75205

(214) 521-9898


  • Tuesday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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