Artist Statement

The thematic core of my work is the quest to explore the mysteries of life, and celebrate the magic of our rich mythologies. My work is transpersonal, reaching beyond the individual, concerned especially with esoteric experiences & different states of consciousness beyond the usual limits of ego & personality. I am very interested in exploring archetypal symbols, and examining how they are incorporated into our modern day collective narrative. I believe it is important for art to reflect the time it is created in, & also be relevant to humanity’s recurring issues.

We live in a time of unprecedented novelty, and yet, Humanity continues to search for meaning, for the end of suffering, & for the evolution of Consciousness.

The most prominent trend I see in our society today is that of synthesis, the bringing together of diverse elements into a new whole. My visual language reflects this, knitting together images from different mythological systems in order to form enlightening juxtapositions of meaning. I also apply this modern approach of synthesis to my materials & techniques. I combine traditional mediums such as oil painting & assemblage with digital rendering, projection, and interactive elements. I like to use shaped panels & sculptural elements in my paintings so the viewer will feel the work in their physical area, shifting perception between actual space & the illusory space. By joining the ancient & the modern, I aim to create works that engage the viewer in the human mythical journey.


 

Bio

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen is an Artist of the New-Renaissance. He is a classically trained painter, sculptor, designer, muralist, writer, and philosopher. His influences include world mythologies, quantum physics, active dreaming, the Qabbalah and other sacred sciences. His signature elements–beautifully rendered forms, archetypal symbolism, occult circuitry, meticulously crafted panels and constructs–bridge the ancient and the future, thought and memory. He currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles, and New York City.

 


Resumè

Selected Exhibitions

2014
Byte Me

AFRU Gallery, Portland, OR

2013
Inspire Truth

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

“Liminality” Solo Show

AFRU Gallery, Portland, OR

2012
Beloved New Years

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

SMART Gallery

Lightning in a Bottle, Irvine, CA

2010
Ancient Civilizations / Alien Technologies

Temple of Visions Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Womb of Creation

Temple of Visions Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Resident Artist

The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Temple of Visions

The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Art Spirit Now

Portland, OR

2008
30 Rooms

Portland, OR

2006
Synergenesis

San Francisco, CA

2004
Dieterle Gallery – Solo Show

Everett Station Lofts, Portland, OR

2003
Saladin Gallery – Solo Show

Everett Station Lofts, Portland, OR

2002
Nexus – Solo Show

Tiger-Bar Gallery, Portland, OR

2001
Little Things

Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR

2001
Postcards From the Bubble Chamber – Solo Show

Hot Room Gallery, Portland, OR

Selected Public Art Projects

“Elsinore Theater Mural Restoration”
Elsinore Theater, Salem, OR 2013
“Oaks Bottom Wildlife Mural”
Portland Memorial Building, Portland, OR 2009

Experience

Dan Cohen Creative Labs, Owner
2000-Present
Innovative Fine Art, Mural Painting, Fantasy Illustration, Concept Art, Sign Painting, Graphic Design.
Art FX Murals, Lead Painter
1998-Present
Art FX Murals, Art Director
2009-Present

Education

  1. Winona State University, Winona, MN. B.F.A. Summa Cum Laude, 1997.
  2. Classical Painting Apprentice, Master: Esteban Sanchez, 1998-2006
  3. Classical Painting Apprentice, Master: Arthur Pastusak, 1999-2003
  4. Visions in the Mischtechnik, Teacher: Laurence Caruana, 2008
  5. Illustration Master Class, 2011-2013

 Lumenal Code

Lumenal Code is the collaborative project of Dan Cohen and Gabe Shaughnessy. Since 2006 they have been creating multimedia installations and interactive art around the country. Their signature Augmented Reality Murals bring together the beauty and warmth of live analog painting with the spectacle of digital projections.
They encourage the audience to become participants in the creative experience, incorporating cutting edge interactive techniques in their installations.
Their work emphasizes the nexus between Fine Art and Digital Interactivity to create a next-level experience that dazzles and inspires. To see a selection of Their work visit augmentedart.com.