Art Reception: What I See
November 2, 2022
Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
“You’re an original, an individual, a masterpiece…” Douglas Pagels
*Artist statement and Bio written by Susan Cicconi, his Mother
Dominic's art is his passion. He is autistic, his art is his visual poetry and connection to the world. His thoughts, emotions and expression are represented through a symbolic language of theme, color, texture, composition and material. Through the dynamic interplay of universal elements of light and dark, geometric shapes, letters and numbers, he transforms his observations and solitude into a fluid language of abstract expressionism. His paintings of safari animals represent the tribal, collective circle that connects us all as one family. He wants them to engage you, invite you to witness our collective interconnection, inspire you to experience the exotic in ourselves and others and evoke primal emotion. His family’s profound love, unwavering support and commitment to his happiness, well-being and self- sufficiency, continue to make it possible for him to develop a language through art, to share who he is with you.
It is in this sharing he finds happiness.
Dominic Killiany, 24, from Watertown, MA. He graduated from Nashoba Learning Group (Bedford, MA) in 2016 and Boston Higashi (Randolph MA) in 2020. Both are private learning centers for children and young adults with autism. He enjoys art, music, mathematics and his family. His art makes him the happiest, keeps him creatively, expressively and purposefully engaged and connected to the world. It is earning him recognition as well as an opportunity for self-sufficiency. At 3 years old, from his car seat, he observed the world going by from his window. He read street signs, remembered the journey and illustrated it when he got home. By 14 years old he was enjoying the painting process for hours developing intricate patterns of interlocking shapes and forms through paint by numbers. He is inspired and self- taught and continues to be self-directed. His family, teachers and friends form a circle of support that embrace him and encourage him to express himself through painting, exhibiting and selling his works.
In 2014 He had his first exhibition at the Watertown Public Library.
In 2017, He had his first solo exhibition at the Landau Gallery, Belmont, MA. In 2018, he was invited to exhibit at the Open Door Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum which continued on to Boston. He has been published in Studio Visit Magazine, (Vol. 40, 2017 ) and in the Spring/Summer (Vols. 45 & 46, 2019). He has been published inStudio Visit Magazine, (Vol. 40, 2017 ) and in the Spring/Summer (Vols. 45& 46, 2019). In 2019, he became a contributing artist on ArtLifting.com.
In the spring of 2020, 10 of his paintings in variable dimensions of “digifuse” panels were chosen for permanent exhibit at the Louis DePasquale Universal Design Playground at Danehy Park in Cambridge, MA. In 2022 He received an Award of Excellence from VSA Emerging Young Artist “MERGE” Competition at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His artwork will travel the US on tour with 14 other winning artists.
He invites you to view his website: DominiCreations.com.
Dominic enjoys every aspect of the creative process from selection of subject to composition, sketch, color selections, mixing to application of the paint. He often does more than one painting of the same subject.
He takes great pride in his work. I cannot imagine his life without the gift of art and its transformative power.
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