oil on canvas
9 1/2 x 20 in.
24.1 x 50.8 cm
Dan McCleary’s paintings capture everyday objects and people that are often overlooked. He is also the founder of ArtDivision: a nonprofit organization offering professional arts training and academic and career support to young adults in the underserved MacArthur Park community in Los Angeles. The subject of McCleary’s paintings, drawings and prints is individuals, often alone and rendered life-size, engaged in daily activities at home, the o ice, a hair salon or restaurant. Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight has called McCleary “among the finest figurative painters working today.”
“I will have the model come and pose for drawings and sometimes a photograph. The models return many times and pose in sets I build in the studio... It can take up to nine months to finish a painting. I want to keep a prudent distance from the model. The people I paint are always people I have respect for. I have to have some sort of connection to them... I wanted to include the viewer as an element of the painting. You have the choice of talking to either the man or woman in the painting. To talk to the man you would have to interrupt him. The woman is ready to connect with you. You also have the choice to sign the petition or not. Once I figured out the subject, you view the painting as a complex puzzle of colors, shapes and how to lead the viewer through the painting.”