New Paintings and Monotypes by Betty Merken
November 7 — 27, 2004

Betty Merken’s new large-scale paintings and monotypes on exhibit at the

Dolby Chadwick Gallery in November radiate a virtuoso mastery of color and

scale.  Some of the monotypes measure over six feet tall, and carry the authority

of paintings.  They are powerful images, and yet they convey a sense of intimacy 

through the residual mark and painterly traces of her hand.  The marks, the 

brushwork, the drips, and the surfaces the viewer experiences in these works are 

Merken’s attempts to "paint the paint", a term by which Robert Ryman has

defined his working process.  This is one of those shows that inspires one to paint.