Of Cuban-Italian descent in small town Alabama, a left-handed ten year-old Daniel Dugan started drawing designs out of one continuous line. With hints of the obsessive compulsive, Daniel filled pages and pages with that one continuous line to pass the time - it became his meditation. After finishing his degree in pre-med and assisting in surgeries, Daniel decided to shift professions and become an artist. With no formal fine art training, this self-taught perfectionist developed his organized chaos into his very own unique form and style. With a minimalist approach highlighted by meticulously surgical attention to detail, Daniel’s work ranges from the design-oriented to the abstract. Prolifically creating for the past 4 years, Daniel’s work has only been available to the public since February 2017.
Daniel Dugan’s signature “One Continuous Line” art and designs have recently been appreciated by the Grammy’s esteemed MusiCares organization. In collaboration with Even headphones, Daniel created original art and custom-designed headphones for the MusiCares Annual Gala Benefit honoring Person of the Year, Tom Petty. Daniel just released his Love Collection in which the Los Angeles Times featured two of his designs in their “18 Design Gifts to Give…this Valentine’s Day”, saying “You make my heart race…Wanna cuddle?” of his pillows and blankets. Daniel was also recently featured in LA Weekly for his four custom-made originals on view at the prestigious Palm Springs Modernism Week Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound in top designer Maya Williams’ master bathroom and bar for social media’s “sparkling style guide” Kelly Golightly. Daniel was thrilled to auction his work and raise funds to benefit Children Uniting Nations at their Academy Award Celebration. Eight pieces of his art are being featured on two episodes of HGTV’s popular “House Hunters: Renovations” in the summer of 2017. Daniel’s art and product designs can be found at interior design guru, Nicole Sassaman’s store on Robertson in Beverly Hills as well as online at DanielDuganArt.com.
“I have no idea why I started drawing one continuous line. But as more and more life happens for me, I’m finding more meaning in it. I’m learning that all we know in this world is that there is a beginning and ending to things, and everything in between is chaotic and spontaneous and 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 laughing, and move on with the line. Where will it go next? I don’t know. This is life as I’ve been experiencing it. And not knowing is the most beautiful thing - because then miracles can happen.” - Daniel Dugan, Artist