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DAN ATTOE | images | artist resume | WX shows: 2009 | 2006 | 2003 | PAINTALLICA

Summers At Waterfall 2
2014
Oil on gesso on canvas, stretched over panel
11 1/4 x 10 inches

Dan Attoe makes meticulous oil paintings depicting natural wonders — waterfalls, beaches, mountains, evergreens — these sites are populated by tiny figures spouting even tinier diaristic missives, hand-painted in silver and culled from the artist's stream of consciousness. The miniature humans disrupt the grandeur of nature. Their depictions and utterances pull the viewer from the beauty of the landscape. Says Attoe, “The landscape can be enjoyed for its beauty, and the disparity between it and the figures, but it also exists in service to these contemporary people in funny or ordinary clothing saying everyday things about e-mails or engaging in interpersonal clumsiness.” His fragmented and compartmentalized drawings feature a small graphite landscape scene at the center with loosely connected embellishments rippling outward.

 


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