Figure drawing is my passion but formal life drawing bores the hell out of me. There is nothing more lifeless to me than a work I have made from a static model; disengaged from the artist and, by proxy, the viewer.
When I paint, I talk to the person I'm working with. I establish a connection between myself and my subject. The work becomes a record of our conversation, a physical manifestation of time shared.
I paint with the model directly in my abstracts, the person’s skin; their flesh and bone, pushes the paint away and leaves a mark on the surface. The collaboration between artist and model gets locked into the work.
My goal is not to capture the form of the person, their surface beauty, but the emotion that lies beneath. The other side of the mirror; deeper than skin.
Daniel Liam Gill is a painter living in Portland, Oregon. He is currently working on the series’ Mandalas, Maps and Seeds. Daniel was born in American Falls, Idaho in the fall of 1961. He spent his formative years in the American South working as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director. Daniel taught illustration design at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia and illustration at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. He co-founded The Illustrators’ Jam with PNCA and Raw Visceralia, an art experience.