Daniel Klewer

Hollyhock Neptune, 2022
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 67 in
SKU: 12827c
PurchaseMake an OfferInquire

"Hollyhock Neptune" is an acrylic on canvas painting that is part of Daniel Klewer’s series “Linear Tactility.” The artist begins with a minimalist template—lines of paint on a canvas. However, the work belies minimalism with its attention to texture and lush color. The artist moves away from a brushed application of paint. The raised lines of paint have a tactile and sculptural effect, blurring the line between painting and sculpture. The sculptural paint seems to reach out toward the viewer, while the color draws the eye back to the surface of the painting. The raised lines of paint also cast shadows, enhancing the sculptural nature of the work and constantly changing the work’s color and the viewer’s experience of it. Klewer investigates the visual and psychological resonance of color relationships in his work. The works’ titles are also a significant part of the work. Klewer chooses evocative words that are at once random and intentional. The resultant titles add another dimension to the interpretation of the paintings. "Hollyhock Neptune’s" shape is evocative of a flying object and the shadows it casts add to the three dimensionality of the work.


Klewer says about his work: “Light and color are driving forces in my work as I explore chromatic and tonal shifts. Primarily using a brushless paint application, the textured surfaces of the paintings document investigations in the relationship between paintings and sculpture. My work flows between vibrant spontaneity and meditative minimalism while delving into ideas of inner contemplation.”


About the Artist:

Daniel Klewer was born and raised in Milwaukee and studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before earning a Master of Arts in visual studies from Cardinal Stritch University. He is now based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Klewer is best known for his painting process, which over the years has evolved into him nearly doing away with the brush and implementing a non-traditional paint application. Daniel’s love of oil and acrylic paint is evident in his treatment of his abstract paint surfaces. He enjoys a meditative, sequential process where the spontaneity of the material is allowed to influence the direction of the work. The methodical approach Klewer uses results in paintings that resemble photocopies or blurred photographs, recalling not only the blurred and scraped work of Gerhard Richter, but also the screen prints of Pop Artists like Andy Warhol.