Highly acclaimed American Expressionist Dan McCaw was raised in the mining town of Butte, Montana, where he began sketching and drawing at an early age. While his sensitive figural work is deeply rooted in the romantic impressionist tradition, recent years have seen him moving toward a more individual expressionist tradition. A skilled and discerning interpreter of color harmonies, light and mood, the core of McCaw’s work is based on expressing feeling and emotions with the fewest elements, that less is more. “My primary interest lies in going beyond the technique in order to interpret the subject in different ways and expand on that interpretation to make a personal statement. Creativity lies in uncertainty because your solution can be anything!”(Gallery 1261 Interview).
Described as an artist at the forefront of bridging representational art with contemporary sensibilities, Dan began his formal art training with a scholarship to the San Francisco Academy of Art followed by studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Bongart School of Art in Santa Monica. He subsequently taught at the College of Art & Design for 17 years and in 2007 was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Throughout his 40-year career, he has had more than 50 solo exhibitions. His work has also been shown in museum group exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum, the California Museum of Fine Art, Lancaster Museum, Madden Museum, CM Russell Museum as well as numerous prestigious invitational exhibitions including the OFA Invitational in London, the American Art Invitational, Salon D’Arts, the American Heritage Invitational in Houston, the Anne Irwin Invitational in Atlanta, the Gladney Foundation Invitational in Houston, the Biltmore Invitational in LA, and the Society of American Impressionists Invitational in Scottsdale.
McCaw has been the subject of feature articles in Art Voices South (1979), Southwest Art (1983, 1993 and 2011), Western Art Digest (1985), International Fine Art Collector (1992) and Island Scene Magazine (1996). Most recently, Dan completed a book entitled “A Proven Strategy for Creating Great Art” (2002). His work may be found in many national and international, private and corporate collections.