Olly Olly Oxen Free, a collaborative exhibition between artists Stephanie King and Pam McDonnell opened at the Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery on Thursday, March 14th and runs through April 20th. The exhibition features both collaborative paintings by both artists as well as 7 pieces by each individual artist.
The exhibition is the third collaboration between the artist, the first coloration (or Phase 1) was in 2017 with a second the following year and the third at the Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery in March of this year.
Stephanie King was born in 1968 in Gulfport, Mississippi. She currently works predominantly in goauche. She graduated with a BA , emphasis in graphic design from the University of Mississippi in 1991. She worked in advertising as an art director from 1992-1996. In 2000, Stephanie started a decorative painting and mural business. As she reacquainted herself with drawing and painting, she slowly returned to painting in oils, acrylic and experimented with encaustic, beginning in 2001. Her first gallery showing was in 2004, where she participated in an annual group show at David Lusk Gallery in Memphis. – Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery
Blind Man’s Bluff
Pam McDonnell was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1969 and has resided in Memphis, Tennessee since receiving her BFA from the University of Memphis in 2005. She combines her expressive graphite drawings with thinly layered oil glazes to create work that speaks the language of spirit and connection. McDonnell has been exhibiting her work in the Memphis area since 2014 and has pieces in the public collections of West Cancer Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Church Health Center and Iberia Bank. Additionally, she has volunteered her time to serve on the board of ArtsMemphis and has also served in various capacities on committees within the community to support and further the arts in Memphis. – Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery
Left: I Spy Something Brown (Clover) Right: Pick Up Sticks
What I enjoyed the most of about the collaborative paintings between the two artists was the playful nature of the paintings. We enjoyed walking through the gallery and viewing each of the paintings several times, noting new aspects of each painting with each view. My favorite of the collaborative paintings was Blind Man’s Bluff, were the clever foxes hide in their dens below (with a selection of books.)
Blind Mans Bluff
I loved the illusion that the layers of painting had in this piece, making it look as if it was a collage and the materials were actually popping out from the canvas.
Olly Olly Oxen Free will be on view at the Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery through April 20th.