Angela Dufresne

Angela Dufresne's paintings exuberantly weave imagery, narrative, paint and visceral pleasure. Delivered with absurdity, affection and feminist vibrato, Dufresne presents figurative articulations that feverously emerge out of the paint. Humorous, giddy, vulnerable, non-heroic, perverse, her figures revel in their destabilized relationship to their environments. Deft in techniques of revision, erasure, overlay and addition, Dufresne deploys empathy and humor with equal parts skill and sensitivity in a commitment to painting's ability to present, transgress and reconfigure experience and representation.


Angela Dufresne (b. 1969) was born in Olathe, KS. Solo exhibitions of paintings by Dufresne have been presented at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO; and at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz. Her work has also been featured in exhibitions at MoMAPS1, New York, NY; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; National Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, NY; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA, among others. The artist is the recipient of numerous awards including the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship; Guggenheim Fellowship; Siena Art Institute Residency; Yaddo Residency; Purchase Award, National Academy of Arts and Letters; Headlands Center for the Arts Resident and Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Dufresne lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

  1969, Hartford, CT
  Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
1998 MFA | Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1991 BA | Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2019 Just My Type: Angela Dufresne, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY, New Paltz, NY
2018 Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene, Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
2016 Pleasure Tips, Steven Harvey Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Let’s Stay Together, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Paintings, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY
  Cinema Covers, Common Street Arts, Waterbury, ME
2012 My Only Child and Other Lunacy, KH Modern Art, Berlin, Germany
  Parlors and Pastorals, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Parlors and Pastorals, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
  Celluloid Covers, Macalester College Gallery, St Paul, MN
2009 Enlightenment Covers, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
  Modern Times 1, Monya Rowe Gallery, NY
2008  Modern Times 2, CRG Gallery, NY
  Floating Weeds, Galleria Glance, Turin, Italy
  Twilight of Mice and Men, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Next: An Invitational Art Fair of Emerging Art: Chicago, IL, Monya Rowe, NY
  New Prints, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
2006 Code Unknown, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Angela Dufresne, Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum Los Angeles, CA
2018 Portland Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME 
2017 American Genre, curated by Michelle Grabner, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
  Stranger than Paradise, curated by Dominique Molon, RISD Museum, Providence, RI
  Look Twice, Zurcher Studio, New York, NY
  Self Portraiture,  Able Baker Gallery, Portland, ME
  Found, curated by Avram Finkelstein, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY
  50 by 50 by 50, Temple University 50th Anniversary in Rome, Temple University, Rome
  Two in Room, Angela Dufresne and Rosemary Beck, curated by Eric Sutphin,
  Spring Break Fair, New York, NY
2016 Mentors, CFHILL, curated by Rick Herron, Stockholm, Sweden
  Living Dangerously, Nicola Tyson and Angela Dufresne, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
  On the Stump, Proto Gallery, curated by Zack Seeger, Hoboken, NJ
  Goulding the Lolly, curated by Brian Bellott, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, NY
  STAGES, curated by Matt Bollinger, Zurcher Galllery, New York, NY
  Between You and I, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2015 Drawings, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
  Recent Acquisitions, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
  Suburban: Sixteen Years, Mount Airy Contemporary, Mount Airy, PA
  The Uncanny Figure, curated by Lilly Wei, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  Working Women Artists, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
  Improvised Showboat, New York, NY
  Four Walls Slide and Film Club, Fischer Landau Center, Long Island City, NY
  Touch, Project 722, Brooklyn, NY
  Vermont Studio School Teaching Retrospect, New York, NY
2014 Wrath of Nature, Wave Hill Center, New York, NY
  Angela Dufresne, Magalie Guerin, The Suburban, Chicago, IL
  Queer Fellows, curated by Hunter O’Hanian, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
  Vintage Violence, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
2013  Armory Show, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
  Come Like Shadows, curated by David Cohen, Zurcher Studio, New Yorkw, NY
  Fever Dreams, Geoff Chadsey and Angela Dufresne RISD Painting Dept. Gallery, Providence, RI
  Draw Gym, organzied by Brian Belott, 247365, New York, NY
  Inaugural Group Show, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Angela Dufresne Special Selection, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY
  Being Paul Schraeder, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Negative Joy Video Screening, Roxbury Abbey, Roxbury, NY
  Faculty Biennial, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  The Triumph of Human Painting, curated by Kathy Bradford Bull and Ram Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Kemper at the Crossroads, Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
  Red Herring, Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  Beasts of Revelation, DC Moore Gallery, Mew York, NY
  Intermural, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA
  Angela Dufresne and Rico Gatson, Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY 
2011 Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
  The Question of Drawing, Oqunquit Musem , Oqunquit, ME
  ShapeShifters, curated by Laurel Sparks, 443 P A S, New York, NY
2010 Vivid, curated by Janet Phelps, Shreoder Ramero Gallery, NY
  Painting Coast to Coast, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  In A Violet Distance, curated by David Humphrey, Galerei Zucher, NY
2009 Chained to a Creature of a Different Kingdom, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
  Next Wave Artists, curated by Dan Cameron, BAM, NY
  The Summer Show, CRG Gallery, NY
  First Look: An Exhibition of Emerging Artists From Los Angeles Galleries, curated by
  Simon Watson and Craig Hensala of Scenic, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
  Forth Estate Editions, Rhode Island School of Design Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence, RI
  Painting the Glass House: Artists Revisit Modern Architecture, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
  Master of Reality, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  Form and Story: Narration in Recent Painting, University of Richmond Museums,
  Richmond, VA
2008  I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl, Asia Song Society, New York, NY
  The Guys We Would Fuck, curated by Nayland Blake, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Places, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
  Get up off our Knees, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Pulse New York Art Fair, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Painting the Glass House: Artists Revisit Modern Architecture, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Aldrich, CT (traveling exhibition)
  Painting The Glass House: Artists Revisit Modern Architecture, Yale Gallery for Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT
2007 Imitation of Life, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
  Group Show, curated by Leigh Ledare, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
  The Fluid Field: Abstraction and Reference, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Dona Nelson
  Horizons, curated by David Humphrey, The Elizabeth Foundation, NY
  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Galleria Glance, Turin, Italy
  Art Moscow Art Fair, Galleria Glance, Moscow, Russia,
  Endangered Wasteland, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
  M*A*S*H, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Amy Smith-Stewart, The Helena, New York, NY
2006 Salon Nouveau, curated by Jasper Sharp, Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna, Austria
  Psycho Ideology, Roebling Hall, New York, NY
  Year 06 Art Fair, London, U.K. with Monya Rowe Gallery
  Unless, Miller Block, Boston, MA
  How I Finally Accepted Fate, curated by Jason Murison, Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY
  Before, Zero Station, Portland, ME
2005  Jack, curated by Geoffrey Young, Roberts + Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
  Spectrum, Lelong Gallery, New York
  NYFresh Paint, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
  Something is Somewhere, curated by Anat Ebgi and Monya Rowe, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Le Papier, Gescheidle, Chicago, IL
  Radical Vauderville, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
  Greater New York 2005, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
2004 Parakeet Film Salon 2005, Brooklyn, NY
  Miracle on Franklin Street, GV/AS, Brooklyn, NY
  I’ve Met Someone Else, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
  Open Zone Video Screening, Ocularis Projects, Brooklyn, NY
  2003-04 FAWC Fellows, Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, MA
2003 2003-04 FAWC Fellows, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, NY
  Open Zone Video Screening, Ocularis Projects, Brooklyn, NY
  The FAWC Fellows 03/04, The Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
  Summer’s Eve, GV-AS Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  Slight of Hand, The Selena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
2002 Cooking with Cookie von Mueller, video screening at Green St. Gallery, Boston, MA
  FAWC Fellows, The Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA
  2002-03 Fellows Exhibit, The Fine Arts Work Center”. Provincetown, MA
  Thought Bubble, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY
2001  Our Spring Collection, The Harlem Flophouse, New York, NY
  Artpact, The Harlem Flophouse, New York, NY
  Collabratory, Gail Gates Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2000  Grrls, Untitled Space, New Haven, CT
  Angela Dufresne, Off-Ramp Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1999  Fine Arts Works Center Invitational, Provincetown, MA
1998  Angela Dufresne, Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy
1996  Trace, with Sono Osato, The Dead Space Gallery, Portland, ME
1995  The New Degenerate Show, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
  Angela Dufresne, Gallery Rebelloso, Minneapolis, MN
  Recent Works, The Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  The Five Jerome Artists, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
2015      Like, Rhode Island School of Design Painting Gallery, Providence, RI
2013      Negative Joy, Video Screening, Roxbury Abbey, Roxbury, NY
2012      Negative Joy, 443 PAS, New York, NY
2010      F**kheads: Portraiture for the Silicon Enlightenment, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2009    F**kheads: Portraiture for the Silicon Enlightenment, SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM
2007        Open Video Series, CRG Gallery, NY
2006        Available (A Still Life Show), curated by Angela Dufresne and Monya Rowe
1995-96   The Dead Space Gallery, Director, Portland, ME
2018    Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, Umbria, Italia
2016    Guggenheim Fellow
2015    Faculty Development Grant, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI Resident,
  The Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
2014    Robert Turner Theatrical and Performance Design Project Grant for Teaching, RISD
2013    Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY
2011    Purchase Award, National Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2003    Second Year Fellow, The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2002    Fellow, The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1997    University Wide Fellowship, Temple University-Philadelphia, PA
1996    Teaching Fellowship Temple University- Philadelphia, PA
1993      Resident, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
1992      The Jerome Foundation Fellowship, Minneapolis, MN
2015      “Artist Farewell to Gallerist,” Hyperallergic
  “Irony or Sincerity, Give Me a Third Pill?,” Art 21
2014     “Gentileschi’s Beheading, Two Times,” Painters on Painting
2017    Faculty, Skowhegan School of Painting, Skowhegan, MA
  Chief Critic, Rhode Island School of Design, EHP Rome
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, Carnage Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2016 Anderson Ranch, Workshop, Snowmass Village, CO
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, City College, New York, NY
  Summer Workshop Teacher, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, FIAR, Fire Island, NY
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, Blossom Art, Kent State University, Kent, OH
  Visiting Artist Critic, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2015 Forth Wall Panel, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  Drawing Workshop, Chautauqua Artist Residency, Chautauqua NY
  Artist in Residence, Siena Art Institute Siena, Italy
  Summer Workshop Teacher, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, New York Studio School, New York, NY
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, Mason Gross Center, Rutgers University, NJ
  Visiting Artist/Critic, Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2014      Visiting Artist/Lecture, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  Honorary Alumni Lecturer, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
  Summer Workshop Teacher, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2013 Visiting Artist/Lecture, Columbia University, New York, NY
  Visiting Artist/Lecture, Brown University, Providence, RI
  Visiting Artist/Critic, Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT
  Visiting Artist/Lecture Art Institute Boston, Boston, MA
  Visiting Artist/Lecture University of California, Berkeley, CA
  Visiting Artist/Lecture Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  Visiting Artist/Lecture State University of New York at Purchase, Purchase, NY
  Visiting Artist/Lecture Montclair State University, NJ
2012      Core Critic, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  Assistant Professor, RISD, Providence, RI
  Summer Course, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI
2011      Part-time Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College, NY
  Visiting Artist/Critic. Boston Museum School, Boston MA
  Visiting Artist/Critic, Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT
  Part-time Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College, NY
  Mentor, Mass College of Art, MA
  Visiting Artist/Critic, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI
  Part-time Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2009    Visiting Artist Lecturer, SVA, New York, NY
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Mills College, Oakland, CA
2008      Part-time Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 
  Mentor, Art Institute of Boston, MA
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Provincetown, MA Part-time Faculty, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
2007      Visiting Artist Lecturer, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
  Part-time Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2006    Visiting Artist Lecturer, University of California, Davis, CA
  Part-time Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Bard College, NY
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2005      Part-time Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 
  Visiting Artist Lecturer, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2004    Visiting Artist Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 
2018 Yau, John. "Upending Conventions with Figurative Painting,” Hyperallergic, July 22
2017 Zeng, Cindy. “Stranger Than Paradise’ explores art through history RISD Museum brings together 14 pieces exploring relationship between man, nature,” The Brown Daily Herald, September 11
  Henry, Joseph. "Queering Queer Abstraction,” The Brooklyn Rail, October 5
  Cotter, Holland. "Art Once Shunned, Now Celebrated in ‘Found: Queer Archaeology; Queer Abstraction’" (review), The New York Times, August 23
  Vartanian, Hrag. “The Messy, DIY Aesthetic of the Spring/Break Art Show,” Hyperallergic, March 27
  Bailey, Amy Louise. "How Feminist Artists Are Staging Their Own Protests With Paint,” Harper’s Bazaar, February 6
2016 Litt, Steven. "Artists Dufresne and Tyson Reimagine the Body in Terrific Show at Cleveland Institute of Art,”, November 17
  Saltz, Jerry. “Goulding the Lolly at Gavin Brown,” (review), New York Magazine, July
  Wolkoff, Julia. “Goulding the Lolly,” Art In America, July
  Pobric, Pol. “Goulding the Lolly,” Village Voice, July
  Yau, John. "An Ivory Tower Artist: Joe Bradley’s Recent Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings” Hyperallergic, April 24
  Yau, John. "Angela Dufresne Has a Big Heart," Hyperallergic, April 20
  Denzer, Laura, "The Other Side at Monya Rowe Gallery,” Painting is Dead, March 1
  Lesser, Casey. “15 New York Group Shows You Need to See This July,”, June
  Yau, John. “Angela Dufresne has a Big Heart,” Hyperallergic, April 10
2015 Yerman, Marcia G. “Wrath—Force of Nature at Wave Hill,” Huffington Post, September 2
2014 Moyer, Carrie. Review, Art in America, November
  Yau, John. “What the Heck is Going on in Angela Dufresne’s New Paintings?” Hyperalleric, September 28
  10th Season Launch, Art Critical, September 26 (review panel, Nagel, Spears, Storr)
  Baker, R.C. "Darkness on the Edge of Downtown,” Village Voice, June 18
  Baker, R.C. "Monya Rowe's "Vintage Violence": Every Year's a Good One for Pain and Death,” Village Voice, June 18
  "Angela Dufresne on Gentileschi’s ‘Beheading’- Two Times,” Painters on Painting, January 31
2013 Interview with Bradley Rubenstein, ArtSlant, October
  Heinrich, Will. "Inaugural Group Exhibition,” New York Observer, September 30
  “What Our Critics Are Anticipating This Fall,” New York Magazine, August 26
  Saltz, Jerry. Five Art Picks, New York Magazine, September
2012 Schwartz, Howard. "Angela Dufresne's ‘Bastard Portraits’,”, October 18
  Halle, Howard. "Ten Painting Shows You Should See,” Time Out New York, September 24
  Valdez, Aldrin. “Editor's Choice: Parlors and Pastorals,” ArtSlant, September 19 "Twelve Zevitas, Steven. Must-See Painting Shows: September 2012,” Huffington Post, September 10
  Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review: Beasts of Revelation,” The New York Times, July 20
  Stopa, Jason. "In Conversation: Nicola Tyson Interviews Angela Dufresne,” New York Arts Magazine, February 18
  Palin, Adam. "The Art of Business Education,” The Financial Times (U.K.), January 30
  Kimball, Whitney. "Not For Sale: Angela Dufresne,” New American Paintings January 17
  Brown, Liz. Screen Shots. Paris Review
2011 Review, Dossier Journal, Fall
  Smith, Roberta. “Vivid: Female Currents in Painting,” The New York Times, January 21
2010 Black, Ezrha Jean. "Angela Dufresne: Enlightenment Covers” (review), Artillery Magazine, Vol 5 Issue 1, Sep/Oct
  Editors, Harper's Magazine, Vol. 320 No. 1920, May
2009 Back in the Gay, "Artists Reinterpret Cover's From OUT's Archives,” OUT, No. 186, August
2008 Smith, Roberta. “Chelsea: Chockablock With Encyclopedic Range,” The New York Times, November 14
  Brooks, Kimberly. "Artist Angela Dufresne on Recreating History,” Huffington Post, May 24
  Daniel, Jayanthi. "Paintings,” New York Sun, May 5
2007 Newhall, Edith. "Paintings and Sculptures Pick Up Gallery's Vibe,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 12
  "Horizon,” The New Yorker, July 23
  "Painting,” New York Sun, July 13
  "Secret Languages,” New York Sun, February 22
2006 Gray, Emma. "L.A. Confidential,” Artnet, October 12
  Brooks, Amara. “Must See Art: ‘Angela Dufresne at Hammer Museum Projects,’” LA Weekly, August 11
  "Angela Dufresne,”, August
  Johnson, Ken. "How I Finally Accepted Fate,” The New York Times, July 14
  Gel, Aaron. "Rowe’s Gallery,” Elle, Volume XXI, Number. 5 No. 245, January
  Arning, Bill. New American Paintings, juried publication, No. 62
2005 "New York Contemporary Art Scene,” Contemporary Art (China), December
  McQuaid, Cate. "Angela Dufresne: Love Streams,” The Boston Globe, Nov 17
  “Critics Picks: Gay and Lesbian, ‘Postcards from the Edge,’” Time Out New York, October 13
  Conner, Justin. "Angela Dufresne: Introducing an artist who wants everyone to live in a masterpiece,” Interview, September
  Cotter, Holland. "Fanciful to Figurative to Wryly Inscrutable,” The New York Times, July 8
  Marshall, Robert "Something is Somewhere,” The New York Press, Summer Art Guide Volume 18, #21, May 25
  McQuaid, Cate. "Examining Our Obsessions,” The Boston Globe, February 27
2004 Woods, Anne. “Forging New Identities,” Provincetown Banner, January
2002 Writer's Pick, editors, Arts Magazine, October
  Finch, Charlie. "From Harlem to MoMA,” Artnet, January
  Desautels, Gerry. "What's Hot, What's Not,” Bay Windows, January
  The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
  The Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO
  Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico