b. 1987, USA

Carmen Neely Biography

Carmen Neely's work—a combination of painting and found objects—is imbued with deep intention and awareness of her identity as a young black woman making art in the twenty-first century. "The mark", revered and mythologized as the purest form of artistic intention in the art historical canon, becomes an act of subtle subversion in Neely's paintings. Her own sexuality and female body appropriate the traditionally masculine gesture, and turn painting into an act of femininity. With each brushstroke, she pushes back against the status quo, inserting herself into a larger dialogue about signification in contemporary abstract painting.

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Carmen Neely (b. 1987, Charlotte, NC) lives and works in Greensboro, NC. Neely earned her MFA in studio art from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016, and a BFA in painting from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012. Recent exhibitions include CONTEXTUR__E, curated by Cey Adams, Jane Lombard Gallery, NY; From the Fringe, AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Three-Fold, Ghost Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Text courtesy Jane Lombard Gallery.

Carmen Neely Featured Artworks

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I don't know what this is, but this ain't it by Carmen Neely contemporary artwork painting
Carmen NeelyI don't know what this is, but this ain't it, 2019Oil on canvas, graphite, enamel pin
76.2 x 101.6 cm
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On the right track but on the wrong train by Carmen Neely contemporary artwork painting
Carmen NeelyOn the right track but on the wrong train, 2019Oil on canvas, graphite, enamel pin
91.44 x 101.6 cm
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Breathe your own mask first by Carmen Neely contemporary artwork painting, textile, textile
Carmen NeelyBreathe your own mask first, 2019Oil on canvas, graphite, embroidery
76.2 x 101.6 cm
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He's got a lot of blankets, just for winter by Carmen Neely contemporary artwork painting, textile, textile
Carmen NeelyHe's got a lot of blankets, just for winter, 2019Oil on canvas, embroidery
76.2 x 101.6 cm
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If you really love me, you'll talk to your therapist about me by Carmen Neely contemporary artwork painting, textile, textile
Carmen NeelyIf you really love me, you'll talk to your therapist about me, 2019Oil on canvas, embroidery
76.2 x 101.6 cm
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You like an extended metaphor, don't you by Carmen Neely contemporary artwork painting
Carmen NeelyYou like an extended metaphor, don't you, 2019Oil on canvas
91.44 x 91.44 cm
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This tattoo is gonna save my life by Carmen Neely contemporary artwork painting
Carmen NeelyThis tattoo is gonna save my life, 2019Oil on canvas, graphite
177.8 x 130.18 cm
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Heard quitting and seen dancing by Carmen Neely contemporary artwork mixed media
Carmen NeelyHeard quitting and seen dancing, 2019Oil on canvas, graphite
162.56 x 142.88 cm
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