Celeste Dupuy-Spencer

Wild and Blue

Sep 7 — Oct 7, 2017
New York, Downtown

Marlborough is pleased to present paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, the artist's first solo exhibition in New York.

From Dupuy-Spencer's brush emerges a highly personalized worldview that moves in the broad geographic space between Upstate New York and New Orleans, and the compressed emotional distance dividing her depictions of close friends and a fantastic pantheon of departed country music legends. Multiple narratives are enacted by an ensemble cast gathered for a summer party, and a stormy sky above an open road is loaded with portent. Dupuy-Spencer is determined to depict her subjects with specificity and as individuals, but they often move into the universal territory of the symbol. The friction between physical and emotional fact invests the paintings with humanity and signals their intelligence.

With such weighty task at hand, Dupuy-Spencer labors long and diligently over her canvases. Her style is anxious and loving, she worries over her subjects (whether an old friend or a familiar building) teasing out personality, eager to do them justice and get it just right. In this manner, the application of the paint generates meaning that transcends subject, but the artist is ever-careful to avoid the stylization of the general. Painted from photographs and refracted by memory and emotion, there is nevertheless an unmistakable physicality to the work that both informs the style and enlivens the performance of the painting. A viewer is aware of the labor and the lengths to which she has gone in delivering these images.

Works

Not strangers jack dupuy 1924 1961 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Not Strangers (Jack Dupuy 1924 – 1961), 2017, oil on canvas, 12 × 12 in., 30.5 × 30.5 cm
Wild and blue installation view 1 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Installation View.
Wild and blue installation view 2 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Installation View.
Sarah by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary
Sarah, 2017, oil on canvas, 65 × 50 in., 165.1 × 127 cm
Lake pontchartrain causeway 2017 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, 2017, oil on canvas, 65 × 50 in., 165.1 × 127 cm
Dupuy spencer, cajun navy, august 2016, 2017, oil on canvas, 19 x 16 in., 50.8 x 40.6 cm, cnon 59.409
Cajun Navy, August 2016, 2017, oil on canvas, 19 × 16 in., 48.3 × 40.6 cm
Rhinecliff hotel year of death 2003 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Rhinecliff Hotel, Year of Death 2003, 2017, pencil and watercolor on paper, 14 × 17 in., 35.6 × 43.2 cm
Sweet pea by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new
Sweet Pea, 2016, pencil on paper, 19 × 14 in., 48.3 × 35.6 cm
The river by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
The River, 2017, oil on canvas, 18 × 18 in., 45.7 × 45.7 cm
Wild and blue installation view 6 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Installation View.
Come here comrade january 20 2017 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Come Here, Comrade (January 20, 2017), 2017, pencil on paper, 11 × 81/2 in., 27.9 × 21.6 cm
Rokeby by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Rokeby, 2017, oil on canvas, 48 × 60 in., 121.9 × 152.4 cm
Love me love me love me im a liberal by celeste dpuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
“Love Me, Love Me, Love Me, I’m a Liberal”, 2017, oil on canvas, 20 × 20 in., 50.8 × 50.8 cm
Tulsa september 16 2016 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Tulsa, September 16, 2016, 2016, pencil on paper, 14 × 19 in., 35.6 × 48.3 cm
Wild and blue installation view 7 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Installation View.
Early snow rhinecliff hotel by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Early Snow – Rhinecliff Hotel, 2017, oil on canvas, 50 × 65 in., 127 × 165.1 cm
R dimeo iii by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
R. DiMeo III, 2017, oil on canvas, 60 × 48 in., 152.4 × 121.9 cm
Not today satan by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Not Today Satan, 2017, oil on canvas, 35 × 28 in., 88.9 × 71.1 cm
Durham august 14 2017 by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Durham, August 14, 2017, 2017, oil on canvas, 28 × 35 in., 71.1 × 88.9 cm
Radical father tom arrestable by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
Radical Father Tom, Arrestable, 2016, pencil on paper, 19 × 14 in., 48.3 × 35.6 cm
George jones greeting the newest members of heavens band by celeste dupuy spencer marlborough contemporary new york
George Jones Greeting the Newest Members of Heaven’s Band, 2017, oil on linen, 65 × 85 in., 165.1 × 215.9 cm

Press

Celeste dupuy spencers art is a reflection of her america by margaret wappler elle marlborough
Dupuy spencer veteransday
40 artists share their favorite shows of 2017 margo wolowiec margaret lee andrew kuo celeste dupuy spencer by scott indrisek artsy marlborough
Dupuy spencer, cajun navy, august 2016, 2017, oil on canvas, 19 x 16 in., 50.8 x 40.6 cm, cnon 59.409
Dupuy spencer, george jones greeting the newest members of heaven’s band, 2017, oil on linen, 65 x 85 in., 165.1 x 215.9 cm, cnon 59.410
Dupuy spencer, not today satan, 2017, oil on canvas, 35 x 28 in., 88.9 x 71.1 cm, cnon 59.421
Do white males deserve love the paintings of celeste dupuy spencer at marlborough contemporary by brienne walshforbes marlborough
Dupuy spencer, love me, love me, love me, i’m a liberal, 2017, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 in., 50.8 x 50.8 cm, cnon 59.425
Pictures at an exhibition celeste dupuy spencer wild and blue artnews marlborough
Dupuy spencer, early snow – rhinecliff hotel, 2017, oil on canvas, 50 x 65 in., 127 x 165.1 cm, cnon 59.411