EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk covered SCOPE in Miami and the work of Dan Witz caught her eye. Here we share some of his hyper-realistic imagery.
With a career spanning over thirty years, Dan Witz is known for his tromp l’oeil street interventions and extensive studio practice. Applying old master painting techniques to his works on canvas, the artist depicts hyper-realistic figurative imagery in portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Exhibited works at SCOPE Miami included new paintings from his celebrated mosh pit series, including Free for All, which is featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.
In other works, the artist takes a departure from depicting scenes of hardcore shows and shifts his focus onto rave culture. The week of the fair a new print by Dan Witz was released, available exclusively online through the gallery website.
Dan Witz was born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Rhode Island School of Design from 1975-77 and came to New York in 1978 to attend Cooper Union, receiving a BFA in 1980. In 1982, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992 and 2000, he received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and in 1998 he received a fellowship from the Public Art Fund. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Witz has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post and ARTINFO. In 2010, Gingko Press released In Plain View, a monograph documenting 30 years of Witz’s career of works created in the studio and on the street.
Dan first exhibited with the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in 2009 and was featured in four group shows before having a solo show in 2011. His most recent solo exhibition at the gallery, NY Hardcore, was during the spring of 2014; it was a very well-received with features in TimeOut New York and The Village Voice.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is committed to new and cutting edge art. Their roots go back to 1995, when Jonathan's life-long participation in punk and underground music grew into a curatorial experiment with the visual culture that surrounded him. They moved to Chelsea in 2005, with an eye towards honoring and connecting with the history and context of Post War art. In 2014, the gallery opened a second space on the ground floor of 557 West 23rd Street.
They contribute to the dialogue by challenging the conventions of the canon — exploring the terrain of the high/low and everything in between. Their success in nurturing the careers of Shepard Fairey, Invader, Olek and others motivates us to continue being the voice for this cultural shift. The catalogs published, prints distributed, and museum shows they help to produce reflect their dedication to the artists and community. At the same time, they aim to create an accessible and engaging gallery space.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is the subject of the book DELUSIONAL: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery as well as a full-page feature in the Sunday Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times and corresponding 3-part interactive feature with slideshow and audio.
Source: Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Images courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery and Joe Russo