About the Artist :: Daniel Corey

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Daniel Corey is a traditional painter rooted in the aesthetic values of the Ashcan school and the impressionists of the Cape Cod School of Art. Inspired by light quality, color harmony and abstract shapes, his paintings are created from direct observation. Enjoying the challenge of painting nontraditional views and subjects, he finds the beauty in them, along with what he interprets as, “what makes Maine, Maine”.

In 2009, Corey was awarded the prestigious Monhegan Artist’s Residency, allowing him more than a month on the island to work undisturbed, surrounded by the visual poetry of sea, structure and light.

“Being familiar with the rich art history of the island and the part some of my personal painting heroes have had in it, made this residency very special to me,” Corey wrote of his residency experience.  Indeed the work produced during that time took Corey’s mastery of plein-air techniques to a new level.  Bathed in the intense sun and rarified island atmosphere, the paintings assume a potent particularity of place and season.  Corey takes a traditional, direct painting style and applies it to a subject matter often overlooked, yet quintessentially Maine.  His relative youth lends a vigor and strength to his brushwork and a commitment to every inch of his superb compositions.

In his more recent work, Corey has been simplifying some of the more technical, detailed areas of his compositions and experimenting with color harmonies that are not always observed in nature. “Details are always clouding my unsuccessful pieces,” Corey said.  “I (found) that simplifying the masses yielded results that…let the painting breathe and come to life.  I still find influence in nature and its colors, but sometimes beautiful color harmonies are found by just mixing paint and having a “color idea” (which serves as) a springboard to look for more out of my work, and not accept green grass and blue skies all the time.  I have hit a point where I am asking questions of my work that can only be answered by me.  The part I’m enjoying most is seeing the paintings when they are done and seeing all the answers next to each other.”

Awards

2009 M.A.R.C –  Monhegan Residency Award winner

2011 Pemaquid Artist Group – Guest Artist of the Year

2011 Door County, WI Plein Air Invitational participant

2012 Art In ME – Second Place and People’s Choice winner