Dennis B. O'Malley 

Denny writes: An admitted lifelong lover of the city of Chicago, I have always been interested in demonstrating that fondness through my art. In 1995, I was introduced to printmaking and the artists at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, especially Deborah Maris Lader, Margaret Buchen, Duffy O'Connor, and Molly Briggs. Printmaking in all forms became my focus and I have been working at the Collaborative ever since, focusing on Chicago scenes and those limitless possibilities.

Printmaking concentration can be in intaglio printing, monotypes, Polaroid transfer. I seem to gravitate especially to the etching process, a form of intaglio printmaking, which began in the Middle Ages and was popularized by Durer, Rembrandt and James Whistler. Intaglio printing refers to lines etched or drawn into the surface of a metal plate (either zinc or copper). The plate is dipped in acid which etches the lines into the plate. Ink is rolled over the plate and then, the plate and paper are run through the press, transferring the ink to the paper. Etching produces special aesthetic results because of the various choices of papers, inks, and printing techniques. I usually finish my pieces with watercolor and chine colle.

  • Member of Chicago Printmakers Collaborative since 1995
    • Student of Deborah Maris Lader and Holly Greenberg
    • Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Show 2006
    • Small Prints Show Exhibitor, 1995 - 2005
    • Spring and Fall Retrospective Shows 2005 at the Chicago Cultural Center
    • Member of the Chicago Artists' Coalition

  • Collections
    • Deloitte Touche Corporate Collection
    • University of Chicago commission of limited editions

  • Juried Shows
    • BAC Barrington, Illinois
    • Chicago Art Edge VII Show 2003 and Art Edge IX 2006
    • Beverly Art Show Chicago December 2000, November 2002, 2004, August, 2006
    • Fort Wayne Art Exhibit 2000 and 2002
    • ArtLink, Fort Wayne 2004 and 2005
    • Grand Detour Arts Festival 2002 and 2004, Grand Detour, Illinois

  • Exhibitions
    • 4ART Gallery Xtreme Art Show September 2005-February 2006
    • 4ART Gallery show Chicago April 2005
    • Chicago Artist Coalition Annual Show, the Chicago Art Open 1998 - 05
    • Illinois Artisans Program Exhibitor 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006
    • State of Illinois Thompson Center
    • MARS Gallery Show Exhibitor, Chicago 1996 - 97, 2002
    • 1999 CAC Cow, Cows on Parade, Michigan Avenue, Chicago


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