Daniel Dugan’s art is his meditative expression of “one continuous line” that never breaks or crosses and is uniformly spaced like a masterful puzzle. Each work has a beginning and an ending, tracking his stream of consciousness movement of one line. His signature style represents the flow of life and the unexpected events and emotions that unfold along the way, some that we want and many that we do not. It is a reminder that we cannot control our path, but rather surrender to it and accept life as it happens for us.
His work merges his Western upbringing with Eastern philosophy. At the age of 10, Daniel remembers drawing his wandering yet organized line in notebooks, napkins, and on random objects. With a fascination with anatomy and human connection, he studied biology and Spanish as a pre-med student at The University of Alabama (where he is from), while working in surgery on summer breaks. He then turned to the performing arts while living in Miami to get in touch with his Cuban roots and then to New York. For the last 30 years, the left-handed creative has built a body of work exploring the endless possibilities of the one continuous line with ink, acrylic, oil, watercolor, wire, wood, steel, LED lighting, and more.
Based in his Los Angeles studio, Daniel has also set up a creative space in Shanghai as he expands his work in Asia. He is committed to making art for social impact, and has contributed works to The Bombay Beach Biennale, Phase One Foundation for cancer research, and First Responders First. He has shown work at Palm Springs Modernism Week, Spring/Break LA Art Show, and has an upcoming exhibition in Cuba. He is currently working on a project with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.
Daniel's art has been featured in the LA Times, LA Weekly, California Vibe Lux Magazine, Grammy’s MusiCares Foundation, and was highlighted in the Oct./Nov. issue of Traditional Home magazine as one of their "Movers & Makers."
“I have no idea why I started drawing the line. It was a form of meditation so my mind could wander and I could get lost in a maze of my own creation. I liked making it perfect, yet chaotic at the same time. I’m learning that all we know in this world is that there is a beginning and ending to everything (emotions, relationships, days, etc), and everything in between can feel spontaneous, synchronistic, and funny. As I draw and paint the line, I try not to control it; if I see a pattern, I break it. If I find myself in the same spot again, I wiggle my way out, and move on with the line. Where will it go next? I don’t know. This is life as I’ve been experiencing it. Not knowing things is the most beautiful thing -- because then we can see the miracles that await us.” - Daniel Dugan, Artist