Painter Dan McCleary, who in 2010 founded Art Division, which serves young adult art students in the Rampart District of Los Angeles, has a deep feeling for human dignity. For more than 30 years McCleary has been painting models chosen from his friends and acquaintances, portraying them with equal doses of solemnity and candor. A carefully chosen selection of his works, now on view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art gives some indication of McCleary's accomplishments. Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times says that McCleary "...is among the finest figurative painters working today."
I recently asked Dan about his style, his working methods and his influences.