November 2nd | 4:30PM - 7PM | LabCentral 700 Main St. Cambridge MA 02139

“You’re an original, an individual, a masterpiece…” Douglas Pagels

Exhibit Statement

My art is my passion. I am autistic so art is my visual poetry and connection to the world. My 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, I transform my observations and solitude into a fluid language of abstract expressionism. My paintings of safari animals represent the tribal, collective circle that connects us all as one family. I want 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. My family’s profound love, unwavering support and commitment to my happiness, well-being and self- sufficiency, continue to make it possible for me to develop a language through art, to share who I am with you.

It is in this sharing I /we find happiness.

Artists Bio

I am Dominic Killiany, 24, from Watertown, MA.. I 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. I enjoy art, music, mathematics and my family. My art makes me the happiest, keeps me creatively, expressively and purposefully engaged and connected to the world. It is earning me recognition as well as an opportunity for self-sufficiency. At 3 years old, from my car seat, I observed the world going by from my window. I read street signs, remembered the journey and illustrated it when I got home. By 14 years old I was enjoying the painting process for hours developing intricate patterns of interlocking shapes and forms through paint by numbers. I am inspired and self- taught and continue to be self-directed. My family, teachers and friends form a circle of support that embrace me and encourage me to express myself through painting, exhibiting and selling my works.

In 2014 I had my first exhibition at the Watertown Public Library. In 2017, I had my first solo exhibition at the Landau Gallery, Belmont, MA. In 2018, I was invited to exhibit at the Open Door Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum which continued on to Boston. I have been published in Studio Visit Magazine, (Vol. 40, 2017 ) and in the Spring/Summer (Vols. 45 & 46, 2019). I have been published inStudio Visit Magazine, (Vol. 40, 2017 ) and in the Spring/Summer (Vols. 45& 46, 2019). In 2019, I became a contributing artist on 

In the spring of 2020, 10 of my 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 I received an Award of Excellence from VSA Emerging Young Artist “MERGE” Competition at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. My artwork will travel the US on tour with 14 other winning artists. I invite you to view my website: . I enjoy every aspect of the creative process from selection of subject to composition, sketch, color selections, mixing to application of the paint. I often do more than one painting of the same subject. I take great pride in my work. I could not imagine my life without the gift of art and its transformative power.