Daniel Boylan


Daniel Boylan was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1940. He studied at the University of Nebraska at Omaha before moving to California in 1961. He returned to Omaha in 1984 to paint full time and exhibit his work in galleries throughout the Midwest.

Daniel’s exploration of painting takes him through the many worlds of nature: the Midwestern landscape, the city scene and ultimately to the subject of the human figure.

The decisions I make during the process of painting are mainly instinctive and have evolved over a period of years. I have pursued painting practically all of my life. When I was young I had other explanations for painting, mostly borrowed from other artists, I still think it’s a hard thing to define, it defies any kind of real logic, especially when you compare painting to other professions. It remains an unanswered question for me, except that now at my age my work has become my identity. It represents who I am.

These images that I paint are a fragment of the visions I started out with as a boy. They are a chronology to go with original visions, influenced over time and altered by N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parish, Norman Rockwell, Larry Rivers, Jackson Pollock, Willem DeKooning, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Olivera, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Odd Nerdrum, Van Gogh, most of the impressionists and post impressionists, Goya, Velasquez, Titian, Michaelangelo, Turner, the poetry of Blake and Milton, Roman Catholicism, the Irish poets and writers, my father and uncle, 20 years in San Francisco, a year in South America, 60’s music, alcohol, and Billy Holiday.


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