Linus Galleries, Los Angeles Contemporary Gallery
2014 Artist Interview Series
Linus Gallery Artist Interview Series is a new blog featuring Linus artists from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. The blog aims to be an enjoyable read, sharing insight into the artist’s creative process and workspace, as well as their view of the world around us!
1) Please tell us your name, artistic practice of choice, and location in the world.
I am Dan Pyle. I live in West Hollywood, California. I work exclusively in charcoal, in a photo realistic style.
2) This is a hard choice for many visual artists, but what is the first answer that comes to mind when you think of your favorite color?
Since I work in charcoal, I see everything as gray, so I enjoy colors, outside of my work & my most favorite color in the whole world is periwinkle blue (lavender blue).
3) What subject matter appears most in your artwork? What do you love about that subject? What do you dislike?
I really split my subjects between figures & vintage objects. The figures give me a chance to create something strong or soft or dramatic. The objects let me create a memory or nostalgia. The thing I don’t like about figures is that they are more undefined than an object, so I have to pay close attention to anatomy & sometimes see small details & shadows that may not have been captured in the photo I am working from. Objects are very defined. The only thing I don’t like about the vintage objects is trying to find good subjects that people can relate to & if they are broken or distressed, even though that makes them more interesting, it also makes them harder to draw.
4) What is difficult for you about your chosen medium?
I use a lot of sharp contrast & shadows & negative space in my compositions, so keeping the surface clean is difficult—-especially if I have left large areas of clean white background. Also drawing extremely small details is hard, unless I blow up the subject quite large.
5) Do you have any secret talents or party tricks unrelated to your art making?
I actually do a lot of baking. Desserts mostly—cakes, pies, cookies, brownies. I have been baking all the birthday cakes at work in the last 4 jobs I have held (almost 30 years). It’s another form of creativity for me. My mother is German & was raised on German cooking & my dad was from the south, raised on rich southern cooking. So I have had a lot of influence.
6) Which describes you: Beach, Forest, Desert, Field, or City?
I am 50% beach & 50% forest.
7) Any parting advice for budding artists?
Any young artists looking to get into the serious art world should have a website, where people can find them. I also suggest entering competitions & contests—even if you don’t win, your work is being seen by judges & people in the industry who may remember you. Donate a piece of your art to a charity auction….someone is going to go home with that piece of art & others will see it. Exposure & networking are key ingredients for getting your foot in the door.
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