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Nearly Abstract Works by Daniel Fleming

abstract painting of a manA Wise Man Once Stayed Silent, acrylic and pastel on canvas

Daniel Fleming creates expressive, nearly abstract works that use a naïve style yet are conceptually dense. In his artist’s statement, Daniel discusses his desire to create accessible, relevant art that will speak to as many people as possible. His artwork suggests an interesting approach to these goals. The almost childlike execution of his images adds a familiarity to the works that is refreshing and certainly draws me in.

abstract image with white paint and red scribblesYour Last Leg, acrylic, pastel and pencil on canvas

On closer inspection, however, these works seem to be very finely planned, and all of them have some sort of internal logic. There is juxtaposition, it seems, between heavy subject matter and imagery that is for the most part, light-hearted. I find myself especially drawn to the “abstract” gallery on Daniel’s online portfolio, where the works, somehow, seem particularly meticulous. Through frenetic swarms of line, shape and colour, a pattern emerges, bringing with it a sense that there is true meaning in the images.


abstract painting of dogI Dreamt of Dogs Leaving in The Night, acrylic and pastel on glass in frame


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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