We are pleased to present an exhibition of works by Dan McCarthy (*1962, Honolulu, Hawaii). McCarthy’s paintings often depict isolated figures set against a wash of colour, lending ordinary scenes a surreal and fantastic atmosphere.
The artist’s unusual use of oil paint results in a watercolour effect - his figures appear to be suspended or floating. The use of thin layers of paint creates a sense of fluidity in these simple but far from simplistic paintings. In this exhibition we present a selection of McCarthy’s unconventional and exuberant portrayals of the human form.
Dan McCarthy (1962, Honolulu, Hawaii) paints isolated figures, naked or dressed in swimwear. Often set against a monochrome background these paintings are concentrated depictions of the human figure. The paintings' thin layers of paint allow subtle fluctuations of hue and intensity reminiscing of light and water. The portrayed men and women pose in strangely statuary poses. They are often held in the primary colors blue and red. Both effects lend an eccentricity to Dan McCarthy's paintings, which is contradicted by the matter-of-factness with which his characters look back at the spectator.
Dan McCarthy studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. Recent exhibitions include The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, Artist Space New York, P.S. 1 MoMA New York, deste Foundation Athens and Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento. Dan McCarthey has published several monograps among which Dan McCarthy, 2007, produced by Annet Gelink Gallery and Hassla Books with support of Anton Kern Gallery, New York.