Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Darrell Hagan - Painter

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Darrell Hagan

Darrell Hagan
Minneapolis, MN
Website: darrell-hagan.fineartamerica.com
MNartist.org profile:www.mnartists.org/darrell_hagan


I am a painter from Minneapolis and am writing to acquaint you with my work. My work has been exhibited in galleries and group exhibitions, including Altered Esthetics, The Rogue Buddha Gallery, The Frank Stone Gallery, and Hopkins Center for the Arts. My work has also been featured at The Theater in the Round Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, my work is in a studio/gallery in The Northrup King Building in North East Minneapolis and I am a member of NEMAA (Northeast Minneapolis Artist Association).

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
My acrylic paintings deal with a mixture of style and ideas, combining abstract ideas with color, along with more traditional figurative work. My goal is to capture the innate animal or human spirit and reveal a provocative narrative between the subject and its surroundings. The intentional play with perspective allows the viewer to see the art as being much about composite space as it is about hidden meaning. It is about the juxtaposition of images in a surreal environment that they wouldn’t naturally be a part of. This helps me create work that I hope will be both striking and seductive.

My current body of work reflects women in a state of becoming. My portraits capture vivid images of strong independent women. They represent a unique view of women that live in the fanciful and idealized world of my imagination. They are full of style, pure potential and are not afraid to be themselves while they take on the world.

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"What is Art?" is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
I hope that people who view my work will take away a sense of wonderment and that it will make them think about what the work means to them.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
The best advice I got was that there is always a market for what you do. You just have to get out there and find it.

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Tell me about your work space and your creative process?
I am fortunate that I have a good size studio space to use in my own home. My paintings come to me from things I hear, see and experience in every day life.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
Jeff Nelson (jephemera.com)
Rhea Pappas (www.rheapappas.com)
Cody Kiser (codykiser.com)

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If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
I mostly go to the art crawls, the buildings in Northeast Minneapolis (Casket Building, Northrup King Building) and the buildings in Lowertown St. Paul.

Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?

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What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I am opening a new gallery space with another artist (Judy Westergard)
in the Northrup King Building. 1500 Jackson St. NE #427.
We will be open for the next "first Thursdays" event on March 3rd, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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