Marc Dennis - Master of Hyper-Realism
Marc Dennis is an American artist known for his hyper-realistic paintings that celebrate the subversive potential of art history and beauty.
His paintings provide us with fresh observations on the relationship of a contemporary audience towards historical painting. Interested in transformative possibilities Dennis merges various movements throughout the western art historical canon with modern tropes in order to create fresh paintings rich with irony, hype and narrative where elements of art history intersect with pop culture and the natural world.
Throughout his career, Dennis has honed hard rock sensibilities filtered through immense technical talent with democratic imagery common to a collective modern consciousness. By co-opting celebrated paintings of centuries past Dennis’ works find new meaning in the hallowed lineage of Old Master painting to explore contemporary questions of social interaction, natural selection, pictorial representation, and the meaning of happiness.
His works are in the permanent collections of The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL; the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York, NY; The Neuberger Berman Collection, New York, NY; The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; The Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio; The MIN Art Museum, Guadalajara, Mexico: and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
He is represented with Gavlak, Palm Beach and Los Angeles.