Born in Boston but raised in London, artist Daniel Kanaan spent most of his life in England and France before returning to the United States in 2011; he now resides in Walnut Creek. Kanaan has explored a variety of mediums and motifs over the course of his art studies, including landscapes, portraits and even kinetic art made from scrap metal. His experimentation with printmaking led him to create an etching titled Lawn Chairs, which was included in the 2007 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, alongside the work of noted European artists, Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud.
Kanaan switched his focus from figurative work to abstracts a few years ago. His first series of abstract paintings was called Enso, which is the Japanese word for an uninhibited, hand-drawn circle. In Zen Buddhism, Enso is intended to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.
“My newer work evolved organically…the Enso paintings are minimal and clear, illustrating the substance in emptiness.” Kanaan describes. “The Enso is actually a combination of Eastern impermanence and Western eternal, so the evolution could be seen as being where Western materialism is balanced by Eastern mysticism.”
His experimental work with circulating strokes and swirls in watercolor helped him develop an original technique that combines water calligraphy with reverse printing to achieve unique effects. He is currently working with this technique and others in a continuation of his Enso series.
Daniel Kanaan is opening his Walnut Creek studio for art collectors to view a variety of his work this Saturday, April 12 from 3:00-6:00pm. An RSVP is required – please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend.
Paintings shown above by Daniel Kanaan:
1. Enso 58 – Oil on hemp
2. Top: Solstice I; Well Bottom: Ephari; Hokusa – Watercolor on paper series
April 12 – June 7
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Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church
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