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Folk Art and Storytelling: Art by Dennis Worrel

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Dennis Worrel is a painter and printmaker currently based on the northern coast of Oregon. In his artistic practice, Dennis utilizes a style that hearkens to folk art and storytelling between old friends. 


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I really appreciate the overall aesthetic of Dennis' art portfolio. The artist often works exclusively from memory, though he sometimes creates preliminary sketches or draws inspiration from photos. There's a wonderful sense of immediacy that's brought about by this way of working, as well as the loose, gestural hand and earthy colour palette that characterize Dennis' style. 


The front page of Dennis Worrel's art portfolio websitewww.dennisworrel.com


With series titles like Antiquities, Northwest Tales, and Family Stories, one gets the sense that these images, and the narratives therein, are personal -- yet the artist seems eager to share them with the viewer, and potentially introduce someone new to a storied visual tradition.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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