Exhibitions Of Paintings

 
ART RELATED BACKGROUND – MERRILEE DRAKULICH
 
An established artist for over 40 years, Merrilee Drakulich paints landscapes and seascapes in oil on canvas and in oil pastels on paper.  Originally from Pennsylvania and educated in the U.S. with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Studio Art, she painted in Jamaica, West Indies for 16 years during the late 1970's and throughout the 1980's..  Also during that time and since then, she has been an instructor of art and has exhibited her works regularly throughout the years. 

In Art History, News and Reviews, Petrine Archer wrote in her Art Works - A Gendered View: Diary Pages 1980-90, "When women artists addressed social concerns in their paintings . . . it was allegorised and framed by nature.  Their anxieties took the form of doorways (Merrilee Drakulich View From the Study 1983), windows . . . that seemed to provide escape routes into interior spaces, far from the cacophony of the outside world."  That framing edge and  genre of escapist imagery is seen time and again in works by Merrilee Drakulich
 
In 1991 and again in 1994, she was invited by Atkins Fine Arts to paint the landscapes of the Auvergne Region in France.  After returning to again live and paint in Pennsylvania for some years, in 2001 she resided in Tokyo where she gathered new inspirations for a series of paintings based on her experiences while living in Japan. Since coming home to reside and paint again in northeastern United States, the combination of living in Jamaica, France, Japan, and the U.S. has led her to a very personal perspective of expression, still retaining a minimal and abstract approach and an almost obsessive fascination with clouds, sky, the land and objects within the landscape. 
 
EXHIBITIONS OF LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS
 
     2013            New Brunswick Art Salon Exhibition, November 1 - 29
                         Alfa Art Gallery,
                         108 Church St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

     2013             Sky Gazing Art Exhibit, February 25 - May 2
                          Marie Matthews Gallery,
                          One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

     2012             Crossing Cultures Exhibition, May 14 - July 27
                          Marie Matthews Gallery,
                          One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

     2004             Fall Exhibition – Landscapes.  Atkins Fine Art Gallery,
                          Poterie Du Don, 15120 Montsalvy, France.
                          Tel: 33-471-49-95-65, Fax: 33-471-49-25-76.
 
     2003             Spring Review: Landscapes.  Atkins Fine Art Gallery,
                          Poterie Du Don, Montsalvy, France.
 
     2000             Landscapes - One Person Show.  December 1 - 31.
                          Gallery 100 / Arts Council of Southeast Missouri,
                          119 Independence Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63702.
 
     2000             Grand Opening Exhibition.  December.  Anthony Kelley Gallery,
                          310 Ruskin Place, Seaside, Florida 32459.
 
     2000             Four Artists / Group Exhibition.  March - April.  Soho Gallery,
                          29 Palafox Place South, Pensacola, Florida 32501
 
     2000             One person exhibition: Landscapes.  January - February.
                          Tudor Gallery, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania 18411.
 
     1999             Landscapes Group Show.  Aug. 29 - Sep. 29.
                          Kirkland Art Center, East Park Row, P.O. Box 213,
                          Clinton, New York 13323.
 
     1998             12th Annual Women in the Visual Arts, l998 International
                          Competition.  April 3 - 24.  Erector Square Gallery,
                          315 Peck St., New Haven, Connecticut 06513.
 
     1997-98        7th Annual Holiday Exhibit at Laura Craig Galleries.
                          December 19 through February. 307 Linden Street,
                          Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503.
 
     1996             Group Exhibition at Lincoln Center / Intimate Gallery.
                          January 10 to February 14.  Lincoln Center, 417 West Magnolia,
                          Fort Collins, Colorado 80521.
 
     1995             Eighth Annual Festival of Paintings by Women.  June-August.
                          Organized by the town of Giroussens, France.
 
     1994             Recent Landscapes: Fall 1994.  Atkins Fine Arts Gallery,
                          Poterie Du Don, 15120 Montsalvy, France.
                          Tel: 33-471-49-95-65, Fax: 33-471-49-25-76.
 
     1993             Spring Review: A selection of landscapes from the Cantal Region
                          of France.  Atkins Fine Art, Poterie du Don,
                          15120 Montsalvy, France.
 
     1990             Images of Sand and Waves.  Hollywood Art and Culture Center,
                          Group Show, July 1990 - Sept. 1990. In conjunction with
                          Joy Moos Gallery Inc. 355 North East 59th Terrace,
                          Miami, Florida 33137.
 
     1988             International Women's Day Exhibition, Group Show. 
                          
Frame Centre Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1988             Brickell Project, Group Show.  Organized by
                          Joy Moos Gallery Inc, 355 North East 59th Terrace,
                          Miami, Florida 33137.
 
     1987             Women's Exhibition, Group Show.  Organized by Frame Centre
                          Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1987             One Woman Exhibition.  Organized by Gallery Makonde,
                          Wyndham Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1979-86        (8 consecutive years) Annual Juried Exhibition Group Show.
                          Organized by National Gallery of Art of Jamaica Kingston,
                          Jamaica, West Indies.  Curated by David Boxer.
                         A selection of works by artists of Jamaica.
 
     1986             Five Artists, Group Show.  Organized by Gallery Makonde,
                          Wyndham Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1985             Women's Exhibition, Group Show.  Organized by Mutual Life
                          Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1984             Two Women Exhibition.  An exhibit with prominent Jamaican
                          Woman Sculptor, Rachel Fearing.  Organized by Mutual Life
                          Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1984             Women's Exhibition, Group Show.  Organized by Mutual Life
                          Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1979-83        (5 consecutive years) Festival of the  Arts.  Funded by Jamaica
                          Cultural Attaché.  Organized by Upstairs/Downstairs Gallery,
                          108 Harbour St., Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. 
                          
Exhibition feature established and emerging artists of
                          outstanding talent.  Winner of Bronze Medal, 1981.
  
     1982             Celebration: An Exhibition of Art by 20 Women Artists.  
                          Organized by Upstairs/Downstairs Gallery, 108 Harbour St.,
                          Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. 
 
     1980             Ways of Seeing Contemporary Art.  Organized by Rosalie
                          Smith McCrea, Assistant Curator of National Gallery of
                          Jamaica.  Held at Creative Arts Centre, University of West
                          Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.  A selection of works 
                          by emerging artists of Jamaica.
 
     1979             Women's Exhibition, Group show.  Organized by Mutual Life
                          Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1978             Two Women Exhibit.  An exhibition with Rachel Fearing,
                          emerging sculptor of outstanding talent.  Organized by John
                          Peartree Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1977             Thesis Exhibition:  Landscapes and Figures. One Woman 
                          Exhibition.  Organized by John Peartree Gallery, Kingston,
                          Jamaica, West Indies.
 
     1976             Graduate Exhibition. California State University, Long Beach, CA.
                          Group show of works by graduate students. 

  

CORPORATE ACQUISITIONS OF PAINTINGS

 
            Hilton Hotel, St. Anns Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies. 
            
"Eulalee Reclining", 1976 oil on canvas, for Penthouse Suite, 

            remodeled for visit of Prince Phillip 1977, 40" x 52".
 
            Petroleum Company of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
            "Banana Rose", 1987, oil on canvas, 40" x 52".
 
            Design Collaboratives, Architects, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. 
"Still-life" with Shell/Egg, pastel on paper, 1981, 22" x 30".
 
Ameri-Swiss Corporation, Miami, FL.  Two works on paper.
"Banana Rose at Sal Mar I & II", 1987, oil pastel on
Arches paper, 22" x 30".
 
Coscan Corporation, The Water Ways, North Miami, FL. 
Two paintings "Balustrade/Water", and "Columns/Water",
oil on canvas, both 36" x 48".
 
             L. Broderick, Attys., Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. 
            
"Ciboney/View to Sea/Plant", 1986, oil on canvas, 36" x 48".
  

PAINTING COMMISSIONS

           
            Wyndham Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. 
Upper Lobby,  "Ciboney/Pool", oil on canvas, 1984, 60" x 84".  
Lower Lobby, "Ciboney/Pool/Leaf", oil on canvas, 1984, 35" x 50".
 
Represented by various private collections in Jamaica, West Indies,
Europe, and the United States.
 
EDUCATION
  
            Master of Arts in Studio Art, 1976
            California State University, Long Beach, CA
           
            Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, 1967
            Indiana University, Bloomington, IN