Currently on view.
This exhibition is a tribute to Paula Ballo Dailey (1948-2016), an artist whose creative expression and inquisitive mind were matched by her spirit of generosity. Her newest series featured here, Innocence and Truth, encompasses a body of work that occupied her over the course of the last year of her life, as she tragically lost her brave battle against cancer.
Consisting of both sculptural and wall based assemblage, this pioneering series focuses on contemporary geopolitical humanitarian issues and reflective introspection. Ballo Dailey’s work brings an impassioned look at the social and political issues of our time. From the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and its dramatic effect on children to introspective works on life and “being,” the artist imbued her art with a deeply personal and Jungian sensibility.
Ballo Dailey began her art career in Los Angeles in the 1970s where she participated in the creative ferment of the vibrant artistic community of the period. She attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and received her BFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts. She exhibited extensively in Los Angeles during the 1970s and ‘80s and was represented by the Faye Dunaway–O’Neill Gallery and Ron Salgado Contemporary Fine Arts. She also worked at the Los Angeles Times as a staff artist and illustrator. Much of her work from the 1970s and ‘80s used haiku-like poetry in combination with watercolor and painting.
Upon moving to Washington, DC in 1988, Ballo Dailey became a picture editor for the Smithsonian Institute Press and later a picture editor for National Geographic Society. She continued her versatile artistic practice and maintained a studio in Woodstock, Virginia. While her work is multi-media in nature, throughout her career she worked extensively in watercolors, painting, photography and assemblage.
Brian Dailey’s DC Studio is located in the Monroe Street Market Art Walk Studio #10. The Brookland Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.