Dutch Doors of Perception
New abstract wax paintings by Los Angeles based artist Daniel Kaufman.
George Billis Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s first exhibition of paintings by Daniel Kaufman. The exhibition features the artist’s most recent body of work and continues through February 16th.
Twenty-three years ago Kaufman gave up this successful career in photography to devote himself to painting, earning a living by writing non-fiction books and magazine articles, and working as a literary agent. As a photographer, Kaufman felt unsatisfied. As he put it, he felt as if he were "walking of the surface of the ocean of art". He wanted more from photography than he was able to find.
Apprenticing himself to the internationally exhibited painter Max Shertz, Daniel began to appreciate the underpinnings of art and his own consciousness. Whereas photography began on the surface, painting involved transcending the surface and giving expression to the Source of all creativity what he calls the "Inner Artist". Daniel's efforts to create art were now concerned with stilling the mind of preconceptions, silencing the ever-dominating ego, and going beyond personal fears to arrive at a completely humbling and intensely liberating art.
Daniel's paintings resist the temptation to record the merely accidental or chaotic, and in this he goes beyond the Abstract Expressionist painters to seek what he calls a "non-random beauty" that is never pre-conceived but is the expression of the purest impulses of "Creative Intelligence". His work abounds in detailed inner landscapes. Like Pollock, he does not consider himself an abstract or non-representational painter, but rather delights in the images and associations that rise up onto the surface unplanned and often invisible to the casual observer. Unlike Pollock, and his innumerable followers, Daniel is not content with leaving the drips and lines and spots where they lie. He takes away paint as freely as he applies it, his only goal the marriage of the conscious and unconscious at the perfect meeting place. Scintillating with color, now bold, now soft and dreamlike, Daniel's paintings delight the eye with their variety of form and (especially) color.