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Daniel Dust

"I challenge truths and realities through paint and canvas. 

I utilize color isolation symbolically. I use delicate detail to draw the viewer into my paintings until they consume the viewer whole. And I try to provide provocative narratives within a societal context. Because as Earnst Fischer once said, "In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it."

I paint what I see. 

I've had no formal training. I've instead learned through personal study and observation. Formal training might provide shortcuts and valuable insights - but so does practice, and research.

I was Born in Washington and grew up in Oregon. As a result, I have a love of nature and the west coast. The juxtaposed materialism and nature are constant themes in my work and, as I said before, I paint what I see. 

My work represents the optimism and obstacles of our species’ transition from materialistic individualism. It’s both my hope and expectation that what makes us uniquely human – embodied, in part, by our art - will be more appreciated, more valued, and more celebrated in the future."



  • 2016   Art San Diego, Sparks Gallery Booth, San Diego, CA Group Show

  • 2016   Daniel Dust - Dark Heavens, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA, Solo Show

  • 2016   Kaaboo, Sparks Gallery, Del Mar, CA Group Show

  • 2016   The Frida Kahlo Art Show, La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA, Group Show

  • 2016   10x10 - Small Works, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA, Group Show

  • 2015   Persona, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA, Group Show

  • 2015   One on One, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA, Group Show

  • 2015   Salon at the Triton, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, Group Show

  • 2013   A Socially Interactive Exhibition, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA, Group Show

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