Dan McCleary: Every Day Sacred. Paintings, 1993-2013

Dan McCleary, 1998, Oil on canvas
Dan McCleary, 1998, Oil on canvas

January 14-March 7, 2015

Every Day Sacred highlights the richness of ordinary moments in carefully constructed minimalistic compositions. Dan McCleary specializes in interior scenes featuring one or very few subjects seemingly engaged in a state of contemplative introspection. In a style based on Renaissance and other renowned paintings by artists such as Piero della Francesca, Paolo Veronese, Johannes Vermeer, and Edouard Manet, Every Day Sacred is able to highlight the easily missed details of routine moments.

McCleary depicts his subjects absorbed in the mundane experience of life-ordinary and daily activities (at a coffee shop, at the hair salon, at the office, etc.) and renders an intimate and psychologically charged portrait of the human condition−a picture of solitary icons populating secular interiors.

A veteran of the Los Angeles art scene, Dan McCleary also founded Art Division in 2010, a non-profit organization, which teaches art to underserved young adults in the Rampart District of Los Angeles.

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