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Hank Feeley


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Hank Feeley

From critical reviews of Hank Feeley's work:

"Hank Feeley's new paintings at the Aron Packer Gallery, which are very much an acquired taste, have many dreamlike artifacts that are different in style, scale and content. Representational passages are next to abstractions as well as doodles and a host of design elements from television, the Internet and other areas of popular culture."

 —Alan G. Artner, Art Critic, Chicago Tribune

"If Hank Feeley were not so strikingly original, I would say that he stands at the intersection of Magritte and Marvel Comics, but as it is, he has his own way of disorienting the viewer so we can see again, now with our perception refreshed."

—Billy Collins

"Feeley's rich evocative paintings combine expressionism and fantasy. Feeley is obsessed with color. He also focuses on touch. But it's more than texture for texture's sake. He wants viewers to see his strokes, his flaws, and evidence of things moved around. The elaborate narratives he conveys are the result of color and composition decisions. Colors become things."

—Chicago critic Shelly Hawes

"Hank Feeley depicts richly colored, impastoed figures in settings that are compositionally and technically strong and lead the viewer to question everyday practices."

—Chicago Tribune art critic Barbara Buchholz

"Impressive works. You will see yourself in these paintings."

—Al Boswell, critic, Gary Post Tribune

"Feeley's paintings are at once sensous and garish, seductive and almost ugly."

Chicago Reader art critic Fred Camper

"Feeley's paintings are ambitious, even heroic."

New York Newsday art critic Ariella Budick

"Hank Feeley's work is batting 1000% with me."

—Ed Paschke

As the art blogger Olivia McMichael writes about Feeley's work:  "I got the idea I was being taken into a dreamlike world of objects we may see in our subconscious memory. Like a stream of consciousness, these paintings reflect what our minds do not control or alter. I love the graphic nature and painterly skills exhibited in each canvas."

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