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Art & Life with Dan Oliver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Oliver.

Dan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up getting in trouble. My first art installation was in my tiny bedroom drawing all over the walls with crayons and my parents were not happy. I did what all small-town Wisconsin closeted gay boys do… get a B.F.A. in Acting. After graduating, I moved to Chicago and studied improv comedy at The Second City and iO. I moved to LA two years ago in October and have been on the hunt for LA’s hottest coffee shop ever since.

I paint to stimulate people’s minds and creativity. A culture that encourages artistic growth and expansion can only lead to innovation and new frontiers. My work explores life through the use of color, abstraction and emotion. I love seeing worlds fall apart and collide and bridges form, opening the lines of communication across borders. My work is play and nothing more. When I’m not painting, I’m improvising or dining out in small cafes or… who knows.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I open people’s minds. I make art. I make play. I make believe. I make due. I make art. art is what I do. I create a channel for something to flow though me. On good days it’s a kind of God, on bad days adrenaline.

Because I like to. I can’t do anything other than what I do. I’m free to be me. To show others they can be themselves. To be weird. To be loud. To be an explorer. To lead. To stimulate flow. To reignite. Because I love what I do. I love creation. I am endlessly creating. But aren’t we all? My work is about support and community. It’s about inclusivity and freedom of expression free from judgement. Most importantly life should be about truth and love. Treat each other well and let’s all enjoy the ride while we can!

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think the challenge is that there are multiple dragons that you must slay to live the life of a successful artist.
Financial support, obscurity and themselves. Creativity will fester inside you until there is no choice but to release it. Learning to hone your craft is a discipline and will continue to be a challenge for any artist in any field. Learning to listen to your gut and lean into your identity as an artist. Create content and get your content seen. The biggest challenge is overcoming mental sloth.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can support my work by buying it from my website or De Plume Gallery, telling friends and family or even liking and sharing Facebook or Instagram posts. Even sharing out this article with a friend is supporting in a way! You can find me on Instagram at danoliverdesign as well as danoliveractor. You can find selected work at De Plume Gallery or on Artsper.

My website is www.DanOliverDesign.Com and you can sign up for my mailing list there to stay up to date on Gallery exhibitions and fresh designs!

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Image Credit:
Photo Credit to: Bree Helders (On the framed painting in the garden image)

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