Daniel Curran is an Atlanta-based visual artist whose passion for texture and vibrant colors is evident in his body of work. Drawing inspiration from the impressionist painters and his studies in painting and sculpture, Daniel developed his own process of painting. He combines a sculpted foundation with generous layers of paint resulting in brilliant heavily textured surfaces. His early work consisted mainly of landscapes but in the last several years Daniel has produced a collection of portraits of both animals and iconic people in music and pop culture. Daniel is now balancing his work between creating new tropical landscapes along with a continuation of the portrait series.
Through painting, I am exploring my memories and experiences of people, creatures, and the landscape. I approach the canvas with an image in mind while allowing the subject to evolve with each layer. The process is a gradual construction of physical texture combined with vibrant color harmonies. I am exploring technique and materials to develop forms that investigate the relationship between sculpture and painting. My ultimate goal is to create paintings that connect with the viewer through familiar human experiences and offer a profound visual experience of paint.
Living Magazine July 2016
Master of Fusion
Master of Fusion
BY Saashya Rodrigo
Painting: the act of using pigment to colour a surface. Sculpting: the act of casting, carving, or shaping a material, to create a 2D or 3D object. And then, there’s a extraordinary juxtaposition of the two: a beautiful collision of painting and sculpting, which I’d call the Daniel Curran effect.
Curran is an Atlanta-based artist, originally from Boston. Having lived in Virginia, California, Canada and Hawaii, Curran collected a wealth of knowledge and experience that has sculpted him into the artist he is today.
Sure, he’s a highly experienced artist, drawing and painting since childhood. Sure, he holds impressive technical qualifications in the field of fine arts, holding a degree from the Atlanta College of Art (now the notable Savannah College of Art and Design, more commonly known as SCAD). But Daniel Curran has a naturally artistic hand, and a wildly creative eye that experience, training and technical knowledge can only enhance. The quiet, friendly and incredibly humble Daniel Curran and I meet at a coffee shop. His business card – collected a few months ago, from a table of multiple other artists’ business cards, at the entrance of a shop – is sandwiched in a compartment in my wallet. The vibrancy of the image on his card initiated my interest in Curran’s work.
I refused to do much background research prior to the interview, because the images I saw of his work were too intriguing for me to walk in with a pre-determined idea of who Daniel Curran is. I begin our conversation with only the memory of his paintings to lead my questions, which helps me develop an authentic understanding of Curran and his artistic process, as told by the artist himself.
His artwork merges sculpture with painting, such that each piece is drenched in texture. His transition from using mellow, earthy tones to striking, bright ones is much like his transition from oil to acrylic paints. It signified a transition in his life; from a time of self-discovery, to a time of self-exploration. The phase of self-discovery allowed Curran to move slowly, as one would with slow-drying oil paints; each feeling, each experience blending into the other and drying over time, to form a landscape of memories that helped him find himself. The transition into his exploratory stage involves an experimentation of bright colours and textural application that evokes an element of confidence.
He explores his artistic abilities and creative instinct, layer by layer. His newly discovered boldness and courage is portrayed in his fast-drying medium of choice – acrylic paint – and the powerful images he creates. Curran begins with a blank canvas, and uses his sculpting background to create a 3D image on his canvas, using an acrylic polymer-based modeling paste. He then uses acrylic paints and an impressionistic approach to apply brushstrokes of primary colours – red, yellow, and blue – and complimentary colours such as violet, to create a textured painting intertwined with sculpture. His work features power animals such as owls and elephants, and portraits of influential icons such as Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, and Frida Kahlo.
The painting that I am most drawn to, which also happens to be the piece that speaks to him the most, features a lion. Strokes of colour make up a dotted image full of depth and movement, as though the maturity of Monet merged with the quirky vibrancy of Van Gogh.
His trademark textural element is evident even in the 2D photograph I discover on his website. Individual lines of midnight blue, turquoise, and black cut through a mass of yellow, orange, red, and white strokes, to collectively make up the lion’s mane. It frames a face with piercing eyes that radiate a sense of power by which we can all be influenced – a very prominent feature injected into all of Curran’s recent paintings.
Daniel Curran is the master of fusion, effortlessly fusing sculpture with painting, impressionism with realism and power with wit. He creates paintings that are symbolic in their subject matter, powerful in their execution and influential in their interpretation, much like the layers that compose the artist within him.
Artist’s website: danielcurranart.com
Artist’s Facebook Page: facebook.com/danielcurranart
Daniel Curran lives and works in Atlanta, GA.
B. December 11, 1978 Boston, MA.
2005 BFA The Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
2o21 A Collection of Portraits. Rev Coffee. Smyrna, GA
2021 Owls Cultured South. Atlanta, GA
2015 Fantastico (Featured Artist) Doo Gallery. Atlanta, GA
2008 Canvas: Art, Bar, Lounge. (Grand Opening & Solo Show) Castleberry Hills, Atlanta
2004 Recollections. (Solo Show) Gallery 100. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta
2019 Journey to Terra Flora Galeria Regina. Decatur, GA
2021 Grass Stains & Flip Flops. Arches Brewing. Hapeville, GA
2021 Vinyl II Arches Brewing. Hapeville, GA
2021 Kaiju Art Show. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2021 Chairish The Future (Best in Show) Atlanta, GA
2020 A Night of Good Trouble. Pullman Yard. Atlanta, GA
2020 Masquerade Ball. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2020 Something Wicked This Way Comes VI. The Highlander. Atlanta, GA
2020 Game of Shrooms. Atlanta, GA
2020 Look Up Decatur. Decatur, GA
2020 Vader Case Project. Toylanta. Atlanta, GA
2020 Get Comforta-Bowl Comet Pub & Lanes Decatur, GA
2019 Dogtowne Skatedecks Dogtowne Franks. Decatur, GA
2019 Monsters Art Show. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2019 Disney Art Show. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, Ga
2019 Tim Burton Art Show. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2019 Return of Decks & Dogs Dogtowne Franks. Decatur, GA
2019 A Tribute to Nintendo. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2019 Rad Women. Hodgepodge Coffee House. Atlanta, GA
2019 Bloody Valentines. The Highlander. Atlanta, GA
2018 A Tribute to Toys. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2018 Decks N Dogs. Dogtowne Franks. Decatur, GA
2018 Something Wicked This Way Comes. The Highlander. Atlanta, GA
2018 Villains Ball Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2018 RE:Imagine/ATL Mason Fine Art. Atlanta, GA
2018 Nefarious 2. The Highlander. Atlanta, GA
2018 Science Fiction Art Show. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2018 Guillermo Del Toro Art Show. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2018 90's Art Show. Battle & Brew. Sandy Springs, GA
2018 Bloody Hearts & Broken Valentines. The Highlander. Atlanta
2017 Something Wicked This Way Comes. The Highlander. Atlanta
2017 Not a Crime: A Skateboard Art Show. Mutiny Artwrx. Atlanta
2017 Highlander 25th Anniversary. The Highlander. Atlanta
2016 Beats N Brushes. Union EAV. Atlanta
2015 Day of the Dead Show. Union EAV. Atlanta, GA
2015 Haunted Art Show. Doo Gallery. Atlanta, GA
2015 Wake Art Show (Benefitting WSIA & YMCA) Allatoona Adventures, Canton, GA
2015 Surf Expo Pro Wakeboarding Tour – Dallas Landing, Lake Allatoona, Acworth, GA
2015 Wake Art Project. Doo Gallery. Atlanta, GA
2014 Deck The Walls. (Benefitting - A Skate Foundation helping kids with autism. www.askate.org) Doo Gallery, Atlanta
2014 Southern Swells Surf Art Show. Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2014 Art. I’d Rather be Bowling. (Benefitting St. Jude Childrens Research
Hospital.) Decatur, Georgia
2014 The Herald Group Presents: A New Hope. Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2014 Un arte Nuova. Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2013 Art-Fall in Middle Earth. Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2013 Haunted Art Show. Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2013 Seussville Art Show. Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2013 Soiree a Rene’s – ArtShow Deux: Septembre. Rene Rene, Little 5 Points. Atlanta
2013 52 Ways to Die Art Show. Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2013 Doo Gallery Presents: And Now for Something Completely Different.
Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2013 Pencil Warriors. Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery. East Atlanta Village
2013 Pin-It-Up Art Show! (Benefitting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation)
The Framers on Peachtree. Atlanta
2012 Deck the Walls (Benefitting Grind for Life) Doo Gallery. Atlanta
2012 Dia de Los Muertos Art Show. Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery.
East Atlanta Village
2012 Cup Cakes vs. Bacon. Doo Gallery Atlanta
2012 Dia de Los Muertos Art Show. Holiday Inn Camp Creek. Atlanta
2012 Haunted Art Show. Doo Gallery, Atlanta
2012 ART BOX pARTy. (Citizens for Ponce Progress) Doo Gallery, Atlanta.
2011 Our Lady Nippon (Benefitting the Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund)
Doo Gallery, Atlanta.
2008 Chairish the Future. (Benefitting the Atlanta Furniture Bank)
The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Westside, Atlanta
2007 Going for the Goal. Westin Peachtree Plaza. Atlanta
2007 Artist Xplosion. Southern Mills Warehouse. Castelberry Hills. Atlanta
2006 Annual Pin-Up Show. Museuam of Contemprary Art of Georgia. Atlanta
2005 Annual Pin-Up Show. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Atlanta
2005 The Future Perfect. Woodruff Arts Center. Atlanta
2005 Artists in the Making. Woodruff Arts Center. Atlanta
2004 Annual Pin-Up Show. Museuem of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Atlanta
2000 Really, Really, Small Paintings. Gallery 100. Atlanta
1998 Kauai Society of Artists Small Works Show. Koloa, Hawaii
2014 R. Thomas Deluxe Grill Birds Mural. Buckhead, Atlanta
2013 R. Thomas Deluxe Grill Dumpster Mural. Buckhead, Atlanta
2011 R. Thomas Deluxe Grill Mural Restoration. Buckhead, Atlanta