Daniel Dugan’s contemporary art is a meditative expression of “one continuous line” that never intersects and is uniformly spaced like a masterful puzzle. 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 don’t. They are a reminder that we cannot control our path, but rather surrender to it and accept life as it happens for us (rather than to us). The sooner we accept the reality of the moment by saying “Yes, this is what’s happening; this is what this moment feels like,” the sooner we see the miracles that await us.
His work merges his Western upbringing with Eastern philosophy. At the age of 10, Daniel remembers drawing his wandering yet organized line and filling papers and napkins and random objects. With a fascination with anatomy and human connection, he went on to study biology as a pre-med student, worked in surgery on his summer breaks, and graduated with honors from The University of Alabama. He abruptly turned to the performing arts soon after and moved to Miami (to get in touch with his Cuban roots) then New York, but has found his life-long passion is making visual art. For the last 30 years, the left-handed creative has built a collection of work exploring the endless possibilities of the line with ink, acrylic, oil, watercolor, wire, wood, steel, and LED lighting.
Daniel's art has been featured in the LA Times, LA Weekly, California Vibe Lux Magazine, Grammy’s MusiCares Foundation, and was featured in the Oct./Nov. issue of Traditional Home magazine as one of their "Movers & Makers."
Although based in his Los Angeles studio, Daniel has also set up a creative space in Shanghai.
“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