My work deals with ‘landscape’. It stems from the vision of a country hillside where animals walk or meander. The trodden pathways become obvious to the keen observer, whereas the grasses appear different under raking light. There is no regularity nor formality in these pathways, but the compositional patterns deal with a playful element that provide my foundation for color.
While creating these works, I sometimes put myself in the animals’ mindset, without concerns of anything else. I do not think, but simply allow my passion to experiment with brush, pencil or ink in full participation of “being” in the present.
about the artist
Dan Welden is a master printmaker and the originator of a technique called Solarplate. He has been making prints and works on paper for over fifty years and has collaborated with many artists, including Robert Dash, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jimmy Ernst, James Brooks, Dan Flavin, Esteban Vicente, William King, Ibram Lassaw, Kurt Vonnegut, Alfonso Ossorio, Jane Freilicher, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Linda Benglis, and Jack Youngerman. He has has led printmaking workshops around the world and has taught at several colleges in the New York area, including Stony Brook University, Suffolk Community College, and Long Island University Southampton. He is a past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists and current director of Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, Long Island, where he maintains a studio.
Welden's work has been shown in over eighty international solo exhibitions in museums and galleries and over 700 group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Peru. Welden’s work is also in manypublic and private collections throughout the country including the Amity Art Foundation, Darien, CT; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Portland Museum of Art, OR; and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, among many others.