May 25 - June 29, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday May 25, 6-9pm
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Varnish Fine Art is pleased to present Zero Instruments, Dan Quintana's first solo exhibition. This show of his oil paintings and charcoal drawings feature bold figures set in allegorical landscapes with Quintana's new, refined style and approach of masterful technique.
Zero Instruments… these (musical) devices will serve as an allegory… Our hearts and minds are a concerto of one. In this case, zero. The essence has and will always remain. Savage. –Dan Quintana
Dan Quintana’s works have evolved as he has evolved as an artist. The graphic in-your-face sensibility from his street art days has moved toward the more ethereal and deeply layered with splashes of painterly abstraction. His Mel Ramos-esque girls now exist in abstracted Boschian landscapes rife with leering gremlins and bold fauna, symbols of humanity’s courage in the face of the ever-present pitfalls and pains of life. The intensity in the eyes of Quintana’s figures makes it known that they are not passively enduring their surroundings. Their will shines through, reflecting both the vulnerability and strength of humanity in the face of a hostile world.
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, painter Dan Quintana channels a style reminiscent of the late Hieronymus Bosch, but with a modern twist. The tones, brushwork and overall technique of Quintana yield a result which pays homage to the great 13th century master, but it is his subject matter, and re-imagining of today’s “earthly delights” that puts his work in a class all of its own.