|His Name is John|
|Joesph's Bird Lesson|
The art of DANIEL BONNELL
(b. 1955) is found in private collections, cathedrals and churches around the world. He has an M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I love his philosophy of art and how it relates to the poor he works with, esp. in schools. And he says it so much more eloquently than I can.
He states that his painting is not about what he sees but rather what he doesn't see. His work is "the pursuit of a clear sacred visual voice that echoes back to the paintings of worship within the dark catacomb walls of Rome and the first innocent primitive icons."
Daniel studied under great artists such as Ansel Adams, Milton Glaser and Ed Ross and was mentored by a French Catholic Benedictine Monk. But he says his greatest lessons came from living in Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya and living with the homeless in New York City, as well as teaching special education students in the ghettos of Savannah, Ga.
"My painting reflects on the ultimate human need to fulfill an intrinsic longing that extends from birth to death. Simply put, it is a need to be held. My art symbolically speaks to this notion, especially with darkness (black) embracing light (color), with negative space enclosing positive space, and with texture calling out to be touched."
"My latest paintings follow a path wherein they are recycled back into yet another painting, as if it were sacrificing itself for a greater work. The painting is never finished, it is only at rest. Such a process is known as kenosis, or purging of the essence within each painting to create a greater work of art. This process is born out of contemplative thought and writings of the mystics. Working on modest surfaces with humble means permits this direction in a very natural manner. My paintings become a creative conductor that allows me to be held."
|The Dove & the Eucharist|
"I embrace the cross and allow all my art to fall out behind it."
"The mystery of seeing, is seeing the mystery."