About Dalton Maroney
DALTON MARONEY, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Texas
at Arlington, is well recognized for his boat-like wall reliefs. Maroney
brings wooden sculpture to life with intricate carving and innovative
contouring of each piece. Fictional rather than literal, these sculptural
forms invite the viewer to respond on a level relative to his or her own
experience. Feeling a close relationship to the natural environment
himself, Maroney holds reverent those cultures that live as inseparable
partners with nature. The expressive richness of the art of these
cultures influences Maroney’s works, as certain aspects of primitive
art are evident in his richly painted and patinated boat form, suggesting
age and use.
Maroney’s boat-like forms are often complex skeletons of interlocking
wood. The strong spines of the boats highlight their symmetry, while
the simple curvature of their bodies creates a supple and sensuous volume
to the form. The open interiors of many of his works seem to welcome the
viewer in. Detailed carving on the surfaces of some of Maroney’s
sculptures provides the wood with a rough, rich texture.
While Maroney alludes to the boat form, his work is also a mixture of
sculpture, painting and drawing. Instead of the traditional rectangular
painting format, he has chosen the boat format to deliver his creative
information. His boat-like sculptures are primitive in nature, yet
sophisticated in meaning, leaving the viewer to fill in the blanks of
his abstracted creations.
Maroney has exhibitied nationally and throughout Texas and
the Southwest including participation in group exhibitions at the National
Museum of Art, Washington D.C.; the Alternative Museum, New York; Santa
Fe Museum of Art; Connemara Sculpture Conservancy, Oklahoma Art Center
and South Texas Art Institute (formerly the Museum of South Texas). Solo
exhibitions include Foster Goldstrum Gallery, New York; San Antonio Art
Institute; Pittsburg State University, Kansas and the Dallas Museum of Art.