by Daniel McClendon Issue: Spring 2016

Artist’s Statement

After some years painting in a realist mode, Daniel came to the conclusion that his work felt “fraudulent” due to the lack of a true and honest voice. This identity crisis led him to quit painting entirely. During this hiatus his mind slowly wandered back to the creative process and the important themes in his life. And, unexpectedly on March 21st, 2011 at 3:59 A.M. he had an epiphany. He rolled out of bed and wrote down the framework for how to achieve an authentic form of expression.

Daniel’s paintings are process focused and examine the connectivity of instinct, impulsive action, and identity. The work begins non-objectively in the form of a chaotic black and white abstract painting, and from there the animal— a central figure in all his works—emerges. These animals, created from a variety of colors, patterns, textures, forms, and symbols, take on the role of both a totem as well as the embodiment of instinct itself.

As a young emerging artist, his career continues to blossom. His work is collected all over the country in both commercial and private settings. He paints out of his expansive 5,000 square foot open studio and gallery, ambiguously named “The Lift Studios.”

Daniel McClendon

Daniel McClendon was born in Illinois and raised in South Haven, MI. He discovered a passion for creating at a young age and decided to pursue a degree in Fine Arts. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 2007 with his BFA, emphasis in painting realism. In Nov. of 2008 he relocated to Asheville, NC, to become a full-time professional artist. In 2011, Daniel’s creative work changed dramatically, prompting him to further invest in Asheville by purchasing and renovating his current studio and gallery, The Lift Studios, on Depot St in Asheville’s River Arts District.