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Large oil on paper, Dennis Ashbaugh, Orrin Riley 31.25" x 17" in a frame 48.5" x 32.7".(From Wiki):"Dennis John Ashbaugh (born 1946 in Red Oak, Iowa) is an internationally acclaimed American painter and artist who lives and works in New York City.He was the first artist to employ DNA marking patterns in paintings, in his 1992 work Designer Gene. Ashbaugh’s use of light and color in his large scale paintings of autoradiographs have drawn comparison to Mark Rothko.He is the longtime companion of author Alexandra Penney and grandfather of Celeste Penney. He has been characterized by the New York Times as a “charismatic ex‐surfer whose address book can probably hold its own against that of the most aggressive jet set type”.Ashbaugh moved with his family to Southern California at the age 6, where he learned to surf and lived next door to the now famous Dana Point [surfer] Mafia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree from the University of California. He moved to New York City in 1969 to take up residence near leading artists and began immediately showing his paintings in galleries throughout the city and internationally.Upon arriving in New York City, Ashbaugh quickly achieved critical and commercial success. He received a New York Council for the Arts Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) grant in 1975, and prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976, in addition to numerous smaller fellowships and grants throughout his forty year career.Ashbaugh has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, PS1, The Seattle Museum of Art, The Orange County Museum of Art, La Jolla Museum of Art, and the Americas Society. He has exhibited internationally in London, Paris, Brussels, Tehran, Capri, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, and Slovenia.Most recently, in 2007, Ashbaugh had a 200 page book full scale retrospective at IVAM entitled “Say Goodbye to The Past” ‐ including a monograph and catalog by distinguished art historian Barbara Rose. The National Academy of Sciences mounted a survey of Ashbaugh’s recent paintings in 2006 with a full color catalog by J.D. Talasek.Collaboration with William Gibson[edit]Ashbaugh is well known for his 1992 collaboration with science fiction and cyberpunk novelist cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson, AGRIPPA A BOOK OF THE DEAD. Gibson’s influence, and that of his friend and fellow cyberpunk novelist Bruce Sterling, on Ashbaugh is undeniable. Ashbaugh himself notes, “Their writings had an important impact on me… When I first walked through the chaos of the East Village and thought, ‘Oh what a lovely place this is.’ It changed my notion of urban decay”.Ashbaugh has continually reinvented himself as contemporary society, and the issues facing it, evolve. Dominant themes of his works are computers, clones, DNA, networks, and viruses (computer and biological) ‐ though he does not use computers to create these worksAshbaugh is currently working on a new series of painting titled “Hiding In Plain Sight”, which focus on privacy issues, ubiquitous surveillance, and genetic databases in the context of 21st century art. Ashbaugh has produced a series of prints and drawings and large group of mosquito trap sculptures, which can be seen at www.mosquitoesmustdie.com. He is working on a book of the same title. These sculptures were the subject of a New Yorker article by Patricia Marx in 2011".///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Provenance: From the now closed restoration studio of Orrin Riley and Susanne Schnitzer. Orrin Riley was a world famous art restorer, who founded the conservation department at the Guggenheim Museum and ran it for 20 years. After leaving the Guggenheim, he opened a restoration business in the West 30's in NYC, and ran it until his death in 1986. Riley's girlfriend and business partner, Susanne Schnitzer, continued the studio until her untimely death from an automobile accident in 2007. From 2007 to 2017 the executors worked with the Attorney General for the State of New York, clearing title for all the works in the restoration business, so they could be sold. David Killen Gallery purchased the contents of the restoration studio, some 200 works of art, that were left behind that could not find owners. David Killen Gallery will be selling the 200 works over the next few years and they range from minor works of art to important pieces David Killen Gallery does not guarantee works of art for authorship.We remove paintings, watercolors and drawings out of NYC estates and storage rooms in the NYC and tri-state area and they are sold as-is. Anyone unsure of the authenticity of any work of art sold in our auctions should consult an expert. This work is identified in the archival catalog of the Orrin Riley/Susanne Schnitzer studio, and a copy of the page from the catalog from the archives will be included with this lot.


Good condition overall, signed by the artist in pencil lower right.

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Large oil on paper, Dennis Ashbaugh, Orrin Riley

Estimate $200 - $300May 6, 2018