DANIEL STANFORD

Sourcing his inspiration from travel, spirituality and the radiant beauty found in nature, Daniel Stanford, a Montreal-based eclectic artist, is committed to cre- ating art that stirs the soul. Renowned for his distinctive use of mixed media, Stanford’s expertise lies in presenting his unique vision by combining photog- raphy and natural elements such as wood, gold, pigments and precious metals. Tapping into mysticism, enlightenment and perspective, Stanford thrives on using his work to reflect and re-contextualise inner and outer beauty. We find parallels to an archaeological approach in the way Stanford references ancient cultures and temples. This imaginative approach to his craft has served Stanford throughout his illustrious career, extending from artistic direction to painter and photographer.

BIO

1967 Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1993 Lived and worked in Montréal, Québec, Canada
2014 Resident artist at Macaya Gallery (MG), Miami, Florida

EDUCATION

1988–1992 1989–1990 1985–1987

B.A., Communications, Art History & Cinema Studies, University of Ottawa Graphic Design Certi cate, Algonquin College, Ottawa
Graduate of the “Centre d’excelence Artistique” (Visual Arts Concentration) at L’École Secondaire De La Salle, Ottawa

PRESENTATION

Sourcing his inspiration from travel, spirituality and the radiant beauty found in nature, Daniel Stanford, a Montreal-based eclectic artist, is committed to cre- ating art that stirs the soul. Renowned for his distinctive use of mixed media, Stanford’s expertise lies in presenting his unique vision by combining photog- raphy and natural elements such as wood, gold, pigments and precious metals. Tapping into mysticism, enlightenment and perspective, Stanford thrives on using his work to reflect and re-contextualise inner and outer beauty. We find parallels to an archaeological approach in the way Stanford references ancient cultures and temples. This imaginative approach to his craft has served Stanford throughout his illustrious career, extending from artistic direction to painter and photographer. With over 20 years of experience across the fashion, luxury and branding arenas, Stanford has collaborated with many famous photographers. This includes Leda Saint-Jacques and Raphael Mazzucco, the latter with whom he has created iconic campaigns for Lancôme, Guess Jeans, Intimissimi Lingerie, Revlon and Victoria’s Secret. His photography collection, Brazil Sea of Dunes, is influenced by Stanford’s observations during recent travels to Brazil, and his recent work combines images of these iconic sandscapes with FASCINASIA-inspired mixed media paintings to create an ethereal, transportive collection. Brazil Sea of Dunes continues to garner excitement in London and across the art world for its unprecedented beauty. His painting “Arabian Dream” is featured in the 2013 film House of Versace. Embracing the beauty and nuances of far-flung cultures with creativity and intention, Stanford’s work continues to take us on a geo- graphical and emotional journey through his paintings and photography.This New work is inspired from early 2016 travels through Japan, Myanmar, Loas, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Vietnam shows a commitment to evolv- ing the FASCINASIA series. Last Fall / Winter, Stanford’s work was on display at his first Museum show “Fifteen Minutes” a show about celebrity art at the Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach Florida.

CRITICAL TEXTS

THE ART GENOME

Every Artist has a genome, a historical context, a style, a medium of choice, and a time period. We can trace the genes of Stanford’s body of work to certain influences. The style is a unique blend of photography with collage elements and precise application of gold leaf, acrylic paint, crystals, raw pigments and most recently encaustic wax. The craftsmanship is refined by the use of archival materials on a hardwood base.

An eclectic range of influences including Egyptian, Thai, Cambodian, and Asia as a whole has contributed to Stanford’s distinct style. The Asian influence flows from his art, to his lifestyle, and even the food he eats.

The aesthetic world of fashion photography and lifestyle shoots is part of the major influences we observe. Stanford has worked with Raphael Mazzucco and admired Peter Beard’s work which has influenced Mazzucco.

The beauty of the human form is a main source of inspiration, mostly the female body. Travel is also a major source of inspiration hence we see some spectacular landscapes, monuments and Temples. The colour gold is a favourite of the artist, because of its warmth and reflective qualities. Gold leaf is almost always used, similar to Gustav Klimt, whom serves also as an influence mostly during Klimt’s Golden phase. The great masters of the past renaissance also serve as inspiration, particularly in the use of an old, hand-made paint called tempera, which is made of egg yolk. Yet the work is grounded in the contemporary era, with subtle neo pop art influences, like a re-imagined version of Andy Warhol, Stanford can take from popular culture but renders the pop element into a timeless new vision making it very rich in detail and therefore much more complex than what we consider pop art. More recent pieces are solely based on his fine art photography that is transformed into Stanford’s distinctive mixed media approach.

SOLO SHOWS

2017 Jan 27th FASCINASIA at Vondom Showroom curated by Marlise Soto Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, ALAC week 2016 –

2017 Dec 1st – Jan 22nd LOVE IS ETERNAL at Shore Club Art Basel week, South Beach Miami

2016 – 2017 Sept 22nd – Jan 22nd Cornell Art Museum Curator Melanie Johanson Delray Beach Florida

2016 June 25th – 26th FASCINASIA Los Angeles Hosted by Ali Azhar the West Hollywood showcase

2016 June 24th FASCINASIA Los Angeles Hosted by Sasha Vayshel (curated by MG)*

2016 May 4th FASCINASIA Miami, South Beach Hosted by Villa Azur curated by *Macaya Gallery (MG)

2015 Dec 5th FASCINASIA Miami, South Beach North Bay Rd. Hosted by Douglas Elliman curated by (MG)

2015 Jan 24th Private Showing, Brian Vaske, CEO, Incandescent Technology Inc., New York, NY

2014 Dec 1st Brazil – Sea of Dunes & FASCINASIA curated by Macaya Gallery, satelite Art Basel, Miami, Florida 2013 Sept 3rd Gallery 203 Selected works from Miami Art Basel, Lise Watier Foundation and Grand Prix pieces 2012 Aug 14thJangala, La Société Des Arts Technologiques (SAT) curated by Jeanne Rahilly, Montreal

2012 June9th Veuve Clicquot GRAND PRIX F1 Event curated by Corinne Asseraf Galerie 203, Montreal

2012 June10th The Code 20 & Jose Cuervo Grand Prix Closing Event curated by Elena Chatziko, Opus Hotel, MTL 2012 April13th Fascinasia Collection by Daniel Stanford Follow up show at Gallery 203 May Edition

2012 April11th Parade N.4 + FascinAsia Vernissage curated by Corinne Asseraf, Galerie 203, April Edition

2011 April 25th Art Expo New York Solo Artist, New York, United States

2011 Sept 15th Renaissance Gallery Montreal curated by Nicolas Adeline, Montreal

2011 May15th Galerie Soho Vernissage Fascinasia Collection by Daniel Stanford, Montreal, Quebec

GROUP SHOWS

2017 Feb 24th FASCINASIA at Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Oscar week

2015 Jan 20th Art Palm Beach Brazil- Sea of dunes & FASCINASIA curated by Irreversible projects, Palm Beach 2014 Dec 2nd Art Spectrum featuring pieces from FASCINASIA curated by Irreversible projects, Wynwood, Florida 2013 Gallery 203 Selected works

2012 Verge Art Miami Beach curated show at Art Basel, Miami Beach, Florida, United States

2012 Lise Watier Foundation Annual Launch Bene t Diner & Auction, Montreal, Quebec

2011 Soho in the City Fundraiser bene ting the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec

2011 SIDIM Le Salon International de Design de Montréal, Québec

2011 Galerie Soho Vernissage Opening event, Montreal, Quebec

2011 Décover Magazine published Artist Vernissage curated by Micah Lockhart, Galerie du Plateau, Montreal 2011 Lili Contemporary Gallery,Great Neck, New York, US -www.lilicontemporary.com-

2010 The 13th Annual JGH (Jewish General Hospital) CIBC Tennis Summer Slam Dinner Auction atBICE Ristorante curated by Danielle Bitton, Montreal, Quebec 2010 Rothwell Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

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