March 30 through May 4, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 to 9:00 pm


Daly / 2D

Daly / 2D, a collection of new works by Texas artist Stephen Daly, DALY / 2D will be on display March 30 through May 4 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held on Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA) Spring Gallery Night, Saturday, March 30, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will include new and recent wall pieces by Daly that feature his telltale arrangements of abstracted shapes, lines, and particulate matter in ink, watercolor, and collage. The artist frequently incorporates three-dimensional components into the pieces as well, literally and figuratively elevating the compositions.

Daly began his career as a sculptor, and over time decided to explore drawing as an additional vehicle. His dynamic works on paper retain his ongoing interest in three-dimensional expression, combining the two disciplines and allowing for a synthesis of ideas through tangible means. To that end, the intermittent sculptural pieces visually punctuate the surface while also breaking through the picture plane into viewer space, and acting as a conduit between the two spheres. He writes, Daly / 2D "I enjoy the static, deliberate nature of sculpture and its existence in the same space as that of the viewer. Conversely, the gesture, immediacy and atmosphere possible in drawing can accomplish much that the discrete object cannot. Works incorporating both drawing and sculpture can bridge the two distinct art forms."

Daly's geometric and organic, flat and dimensional objects intertwine referential and nonrepresentational elements into combinations that are at once structured and random. Abstracted linear objects often recall machinery, while multiple pinpoints connected by lines resemble constellations, or a way to map out the space. Floating horizontal and vertical segments suggest the traditional compositional grid-an unchanging yet upended foundation that, here, serves to compartmentalize the plot points of each abstract narrative. These are juxtaposed against free form, sometimes figurative, shapes that move across the surface. Stylized figures, foliage, and text may also appear, adding to the panoply of natural and manmade images and sparking a conversation about the complex relationships among them. Such recognizable references ground the work, even as their counterparts transport the viewer into less familiar space with new prospects for a discourse with the unknown.

Daly / 2D In that vein, Daly's work explores the concept of communication, as it flows throughout the composition as well as between art and viewer. It explores how analogous and disparate parts exist both independently and as part of the greater whole, and in all cases, seek to engender an active, sensorial dialogue. "[My] content probes the ways in which we communicate with one another or with nature," says the artist. "The psychological aspect of communication is explored by investigating how we use our senses to see, hear, think, and wonder. A mix of formal, symbolic, and referential elements converge to bring viewers into a ballpark of content or associations, leaving their experiences to be enhanced through personal observation or interpretation."


Austin artist Stephen Daly has been exhibiting two- and three-dimensional artwork over six decades in local, regional, national, and international Daly / 2D venues. His pieces have appeared in shows across Texas, in Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, San Angelo, and Tyler, and in such noted spaces as the Amarillo Art Center, the Art Center in Waco, the Galveston Arts Center, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Nationally, Daly has shown work in New York, Chicago, Denver, and California; international appearances include those in Budapest, Cuba, and Italy. In 2002, the Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain, mounted a retrospective exhibition of his work and published an accompanying catalogue.

Daly has received numerous awards, among them the Grace Hill Milam Centennial Fellowship in Fine Arts from the University of Texas, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in Sculpture, and the prestigious Prix de Rome. In 2008, he was selected as a finalist for Texas's coveted Hunting Art Prize. He has held residencies at the Can Serrat International Art Center in Barcelona and the American Academy in Rome, among others He has appeared in Who's Who in American Art on several occasions, and also received the Who's Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Daly's art has been featured in Sculpture magazine, Artweek, the Austin-American Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, the Rocky Mountain News, and numerous catalogue essays. Additionally, his work can be found in many public and private collections, among them those of Texas A&M University, the Arkansas Art Center, the Oakland Art Museum, the McNay Art Museum, the American Academy in Rome, the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin, and Valencia's Polytechnic University.

Stephen Daly received his MFA in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA from San Jose State University. He went on to teach at the University of Minnesota, Humboldt State University in California, and Texas A&M, before arriving at the University of Texas in Austin, where he remained for more than twenty-five years. While at UT, he served as assistant and associate professor of art before his appointment to the rank of professor in 1992. He retired in 2007 after being named professor emeritus. He has been exhibiting at William Campbell Contemporary Art since 1985.


Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.


Tuesday through Friday 10am - 5:00pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at or at 817-737-9566 for more information.


William Campbell Contemporary Art
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
PHONE: (817) 737-9566, FAX: (817) 737-5466
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William Campbell Contemporary Art
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday
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