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Daniel McClendon

Daniel graduated from Western Michigan University with his BFA—emphasis in painting realism. Shorty after graduating he relocated to Asheville, NC, where he maintained this focus on realism and began painting full time.This continued until he came to the conclusion that his work was “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.

"My paintings are primitive. Honest. Transparent. I tap into the instinctual nature of my creative process, using the animals as a catalyst, and work to obtain an open-ended, energetic, yet purposeful aesthetic. My work begins non-objectively, in the form of a chaotic black and white painting. But from that chaos emerges patterns, forms, and symbols that collectively build to a visual identity."


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Sea Lion Oil & Acrylic on Panel 54x30

Sea Lion
Oil & Acrylic on Panel
54x30

Dolphin Oil and Acrylic on Panel 28x48

Dolphin
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
28x48

Alligator II Oil and Acrylic on Panel 26x66

Alligator II
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
26x66

Eels (diptych) Oil and Acrylic on Panel 25x60

Eels (diptych)
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
25x60

Weasel Oil and Acrylic on Panel 28x24

Weasel
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
28x24

Kangaroo Oil and Acrylic on Panel 68x20

Kangaroo
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
68x20

Ram II  Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x48

Ram II
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x48

Porcupine Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Porcupine
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36

Catfish Oil and Acrylic on Panel 18x36

Catfish
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
18x36

Salmon Oil and Acrylic on Panel 96x24

Salmon
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
96x24

Preying Mantis Oil and Acrylic on Panel 56x40

Preying Mantis
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
56x40

Cat Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x24

Cat
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x24

Passenger Pigeons Oil and Acrylic on Panel 24x96

Passenger Pigeons
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
24x96

Jack Rabbit Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x48

Jack Rabbit
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x48

Ant Oil and Acrylic on Panel 28x24

Ant
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
28x24

Herd Oil and Acrylic on Panel 50x16'11

Herd
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
50x16'11

Gorilla III Oil and Acrylic on Panel 54x24

Gorilla III
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
54x24

Trophy Oil and Acrylic on Panel 50.5x30.5

Trophy
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
50.5x30.5

Wild Dogs Oil and Acrylic on Panel 44x84

Wild Dogs
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
44x84

Dorado Oil and Acrylic on Panel 24x48

Dorado
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
24x48

Platypus Oil and Acrylic on Panel 24x48

Platypus
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
24x48

Cougar Oil and Acrylic on Panel 40x40

Cougar
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
40x40

Orangutan II Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x24

Orangutan II
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x24

Grouse Oil and Acrylic on Panel 30x40

Grouse
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
30x40

Andean Condor Oil and Acrylic on Panel 18x72

Andean Condor
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
18x72

Brook Trout Oil and Acrylic on Panel 18x48

Brook Trout
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
18x48

Heyena Oil and Acrylic on Panel 34x20

Heyena
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
34x20

Chimpanzee Oil and Acrylic on Panel 40x30

Chimpanzee
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
40x30

Elephant Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Elephant
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36

Manatee Oil and Acrylic on Panel 36x48

Manatee
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
36x48

Hippo Oil and Acrylic on Panel 36x48

Hippo
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
36x48

Howler Monkey Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Howler Monkey
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36

Pig Oil and Acrylic on Panel 36x48

Pig
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
36x48

Camel Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Camel
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36

Sturgeon Oil and Acrylic on Panel 36x48

Sturgeon
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
36x48

Bull II Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Bull II
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36

Bat Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Bat
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36

Walrus Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Walrus
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36

Aardvark Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Aardvark
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36

Dog Oil and Acrylic on Panel 48x36

Dog
Oil and Acrylic on Panel
48x36