Press Release - "Wandering Players" a solo exhibition by Delphine Hennelly


Delphine Hennelly
”Rise and Shine”
Oil on Linen.
38 x 26 Inches.


Wandering Players
Delphine Hennelly

Opening Reception: Saturday October 12th, 12-10pm.
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 12th at 4pm.
Showing Through: Friday, November 1st, 2019

1523 b Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612

pt.2 is excited to present “Wandering Players” a solo exhibition by Delphine Hennelly opening Saturday, October 12th in Downtown Oakland. The exhibition will feature a new series of paintings by the New York based artist. pt.2 gallery is located at 1523 b Webster St. and is just blocks away from both 12th & 19th St Bart Stations. Opening receptions at pt.2: are always free and open to the public. To receive a preview of the exhibition please contact

Taking as axiomatic the notion that there is no time but the present, which. contains past and future I use repetition as a means to employ this concept of time in the paintings. Much of this thought stems from Gilles Deleuze’s ideas on Difference and Repetition. I enjoy the idea of a liminal space where past and future can be inscribed in a present. In repeating a motif or an image I see the space of a continuity in time simultaneously accepting the fact of the still image. A painting will never be a narrative in movement such as would happen in film but perhaps a painting can allude to the temporal or the notion of an omnipresent event. I enjoy how in every repetition there occurs something specific, and therefore new in the work. It is within this structural thought that drawing becomes a key component of the work. Welding concept with form I lean towards bending the nature of the paint to fulfill a graphic need mimicking ideas of reproduction, the print, paper, ink, a doodle.

Wandering Players takes it’s title from the name given to actors of the Elizabethan period in England; Strolling Players. The figures in my paintings take on the role of actors playing archetypes in their ubiquitous banality. Slightly costumed, meandering a stage set in a bucolic landscape , an abstraction of the pastoral, the Idyllic. Anachronistic, their journeys remain random. The old dictum about the point being not the end of something, or the arrival, but how you get there. At the outset of any journey one does not often or always know where it will take you and what you will encounter. Unexpected things happen, you go up blind alleys, you get lost but you always bring something back that you can latch onto for the next foray. There are struggles, rocks, impediments but there are also discoveries and joys, sun and shade, moments of respite.


Delphine Hennelly
”Good Companions In Orange”
Oil on Linen.
60 x 48 Inches.


Delphine Hennelly (b. 1979, Vancouver, BC) received her BFA from Cooper Union in 2002 and her MFA from the Mason Gross School of Visual Arts, Rutgers University in 2017. Delphine has exhibited across the U.S. and Canada including at Pt.2 Gallery, Oakland, CA; Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY and Projet Pangee, Montreal, Quebec. More recently, Hennelly was included in the two person inaugural exhibition History Lessons with Mimi Jung at Carvalho Park, Brooklyn, NY, and made her European debut in May 2019 at Lisa Kandlhofer Gallery, Vienna. Delphine is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Her work has appeared in publications including Art Maze Mag, Nut Publication and New American Paintings.


Delphine Hennelly


2017 MFA Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, NJ
2002 BFA Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY.

2019- Biophilia, Group show curated by Emily Carol Burns, Unpaved Gallery, Yucca Valley, CA
2019- Buddy System, Deanna Evans Projects, New York, New York.
2019- Pretty as She Goes, Two person show with Justin Olerud, Central Park Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2019- The Picture is a Forest, group show curated by James English Leary, Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria.
2019- In Search of the Real, group show curated by Steve Mykietyn, Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY
2019- Hyperlight, group show curated by Sam Bornstein, Underdonk Space, Brooklyn, NY
2019- History Lessons, two person show with Mimi Yung, Carvalho Park Gallery, NY
2018- Got it For Cheap. Organized by Charlie Roberts, O-O.LA Gallery, LA, CA.
2018- Juxtapose Clubhouse Group Show with Pt. 2 Gallery, Miami, FL
2018- Drawing Show, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2018- Between the Acts with Ken Tisa and Sophie Larrimore. Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY
2018- Two person show with Mickey McKenna, Projet Pangee Gallery, Montreal, Qc. 
2018- A World of People, with Sam Bernstein, Lindsay M Burke, Madeline Donahue, Kate Klingbeil, Francesca Lo Russo, Gahee Park, Katie Rubright, and Lily Wong. Curated by Danielle Orchard. Underdonk Space, Brooklyn, NY.
2018- Two person show with Milo Moyer-Battick, Harpy Gallery, New Jersey
2018- Interrupting Lines, with David Ryan, Kyle Vu-Dunn, Lena Gustafson, Nat Meade, Sophie Larrimore,  and Woodrow White. Part 2. Gallery, Oakland, California
2018- Mother Gallery Inauguration Group Show, April is the Cruelest Month, Beacon, NY
2017- Paper Cuts, curated by Kristian Day, Tripp gallery, London, UK
2017- Pre-Verse, Three person show with June Culp and Joshua Bienko curated by Dominic Terlezzi, St. Charles Projects, Baltimore, MD
2017- Borrowed, Curated by Tegan Brozyna, Spadeworks, Brooklyn, NY
2017- Missing me One Place Search Another, Curated by Libby Rosa and Chris Lucius, TIArts, Brooklyn, NY
2017- Settling the Ghost, curated by Kate Mothes, Presented by Young Space at Standard Projects, Hortonville, WI
2017- “Got it for Cheap” organized by Charlie Roberts, traveling drawing show, Art Athina, Athens, Greece, Macaulay & Co Fina Art Vancouver, B.C., Soulland, Copenhagen, Denmark, The Hole, NYC, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, O-O LA, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA.
2017- Stranger Loops, Rutgers in New York Group Show, Foley Gallery, Lower East Side, NY
2017- Action At A Distance, MFA Thesis Show, Mason Gross Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
2017- Au Jus- All Female Pop up Show, Candy Studio, Chinatown, NY
2016- Welcome Back Show, Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ
2015- Divers, Group Show, Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ
2015- Alumni Group Show, Warren G Flowers Gallery, Dawson college, Montreal, Qc.
2015- Pop Up Show, Renyi Gallery, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ
2014- Parallel Shift, Residency Group show, NARS, Brooklyn NY
2014- Group Winter Show, Le Temps...Nous, L'espace Fresque, Val-David, Qc.
2013- Group Summer Show, Le Temps...Nous, L'Espace Fresque, Val-David, Qc. 
2013- Group Show, Reflexion, Massivart, Fonderie Darling, Montreal, Qc.
2003- Painting's Edge, Idyllwild Arts Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild, CA.
2002- Solo Thesis Show, Cooper Union 6th Fl. Gallery, New York, NY

2017- Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
2017- John I. Bettenbender Memorial Performance Award, Rutgers University.
2017- Nominated for The Dedalus Fellowship, Rutgers University.
2017- Nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation award.
2016- Tepper Scholarship, Rutgers University.
2016- Robert Watts Graduate Memorial Scholarship, Rutgers University.
2016- Peter Stroud Scholarship, Rutgers University.
2015- Tepper Scholarship, Rutgers University.
2013- Shortlisted for 100 Painters of Tomorrow. Thames and Hudson. UK.
2002- Actra Fraternal Benefit Society Grant
2001- Elizabeth GreenShields Foundation Award
1999- Elizabeth GreenShields Foundation Award

2014- Nars International Artist Residency, New York, NY, USA
2003- Paintings Edge, Idyllwild Arts Campus, Idyllwild, California, USA 

2019- Interview with Sangram Majumdar for Two Coats of Paint.
2018- The Formality of Painting Interview with Peach Doble for Metal Magazine
2018- Tapestries, With Horizontal and Intersecting Painted Lines Like Woven Thread, Interview with Christina Nafziger for ArtMaze Mag. 
2018- The Belgo Report, Review of Two person show with Mickey Mackenna at Projet Pangee by Kara Williams.
2018- ArtMaze Mag, Anniversary Issue 10.
2018- Nut Publication Issue 2.
2018- ArtMaze Mag, Winter Edition, Issue 6.
2018- New American Paintings, Issue No.134, North East Issue.
2017- Three Painters at St. Charles Projects, Joshua Bienko, June Culp, Delphine Hennelly, Consider What Comes Before Words, review of Three Person show in Baltimore Beat, The City’s Independent Voice by Rebekah Kirkman.
2017- Studio Visit and interview with Amy Boone-McCreeshe for Inertia,
2017- Interview with Jessica Mensch for Body/ Literature magazine online.