staring as an act of love.
i use art to connect with people. after painting traditional portraits for years, i began to notice that as other people allowed me to look at them to paint, the experience became loaded with erotic, cathartic, and emotional weight.
drawing from those intimate moments, and my study of psychology and zen, my portraits have grown to incorporate performance and collaboration. i see that portraiture must open itself to abstraction, social media, and being dematerialized if it is to feel fresh and real to people today.
my work is about being naked. beyond the obvious nudity of the people i paint, the process of making the portrait is laid bare to the viewer with as much transparency as possible. ultimately, the work seeks to understand how we are connected in today’s world, and making that connection visible and felt for everyone involved in the process of making these pictures.
danny coeyman eearned an mfa from parsons school of design on a full scholarship from the jack kent cooke foundation, and now works as an artist in new york.
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