I first met Dan W. Goldman during an awesome graffiti tour of downtown Los Angeles that he helped organize for FOCA with Man One. I had coffee with him the other day where we discussed art and I can tell you sincerely that he’s one of the coolest dudes around. In addition to being a painter, he’s also a fantastic curator and only a handful of artists who have the mental capacity to follow up their BFA with a full-on law degree.
By utilizing with equal power his creative right-brain with his objective and analytical left-brain, he has created a powerful body of paintings and installations. The dichotomy of taking weeks to prep a surface that only takes a short amount of time to then paint on is at the heart of Goldman’s work. It fits nicely into his love of graffiti, an art form where painters have to work extremely fast on surfaces that have existed for years. And surprisingly, a lot of his murals are done with spray-cans, which he expertly controls in order to make these very organic, almost anthropomorphic shapes. However, most of Dan’s work is done by layering thick textures of black and white paint onto canvasses that look incredible in the environments he creates.