Thursday, April 5, 2012

Jack Dale - Painter

Jack Dale

Name: Jack Dale
City/State: Cannon Falls, MN

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

I'm painting for an upcoming show at the Bloomington Theater and Art Center. The paintings are abstracts but I am creating them with the idea of a natural origin. Landscape, water, earth, sky etc. You can see some of the work here.

"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 don't try to make a statement. I attempt to create a painting that will be aesthetically pleasing.
I want the viewers to determine what the painting means to them. I believe that we all bring our
own experience, bias, and predispositions when looking at art work. I hope each viewer will
remember my paintings ( not for what they might represent ) but for the feelings that they evoke.   

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What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 

I read an article years ago that stated: never be afraid to ruin a painting. I've tried to follow that
advice ever since.

Tell me about your work space and your creative process.

I have a studio in the Northrup King Building in N. E. Mpls. It is 650 square feet that allows me to create and show my paintings. My actual work area is approximately 12' x 18' and this is just right.

My process is very spontaneous, intuitive and reactive. Most of the time I am starting with little
or no preconceived idea. By placing marks, lines, scribbles etc. on my surface I am able to build from there. Every time I address the canvas it seems like I am reacting to some earlier response. I can get lost within this working style and it feels good.


Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?

That's a tough question because there are so many talented artists that I like and respect.
I'll list a few here but by no means are these the only people that I should be giving  props to.

Megan Bell Honigman
Duane Ditty
James Wrayge
Shannyn Joy Potter
Sandra Dowd
Mike Welton


If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

I like to go to fellow artists' exhibitions. Visit the MIA, Walker. Visit with the many talented artists in the Northrup King Bldg. and to Rosalux Gallery where I just became a member.

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? (Provide links)

Typically I'll check the site for interesting artists. The NEMAA site is also good.


What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I have an exhibition starting April 13, 2012 (with an artist reception on April 13 from 6 - 8 p.m.) at the Bloomington Theatre & Art Center to May 18. 2012. I am showing along with Danny Saathoff.

I will also be partaking in Art-A-Whirl at my studio 393 at the Northrup King Building (NE MPls) on May 18,19 and 20, 2012. See more at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love the new artwork, Jack! I hope to see you at the opening April 13.