Dean Byington - Under the Influence New York Friday, September 23, 2011 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, Dean Byington: Paintings and Works on Paper, October 25 - December 22, 2007, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Literature

    D. Byington, C. Foster and K. Ottmann, Dean Byington: Paintings and Works on Paper, New York, 2007, n.p. (illustrated in color)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The vast and intricate landscapes of artist Dean Byington are unique in the sense that, like a real landscape, the image is one that unfolds slowly to the wandering eye rather than in a single cursory glance. Byington, an enthusiast of ornamentation, leaves no surface untouched, providing the viewer with the freedom to explore and navigate through different spaces. Though technically considered painting, Byington’s works are derived from a combination of collage, printing and paint, with imagery invented and appropriated from Nineteenth Century book illustrations. Because of the complex layering of design and imagery, works can often appear monochromatic and difficult to view upon first inspection but become more easily penetrable with a closer look. Cathedral, 2007, a green monochromatic piece, is a fine example of this collage technique. One must look closely to extract images from the work as a whole, but once inside, this realm becomes a wonderland to the eye.



Lot offered with No Reserve


Oil on linen.
72 x 55 in. (182.9 x 139.7 cm)
Signed "Dean Byington" on a label affixed to the stretcher.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $3,500

Under the Influence

23 September 2011
New York