Dana Oldfather

Dana Oldfather
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Dana Oldfather is a painter who has exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including Library Street Collective, Detroit, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Kathryn Markel Fine Art, New York, and The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown. She was awarded the William and Dorothy Yeck Award for Young Painters, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, as well as residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Zygote Press. Oldfather was twice featured in the New York Times, and published in the book The Art of Spray by Lori Zimmer of Art Nerd New York. Oldfather’s work was recently exhibited at art fairs in Austin, Miami, Palm Beach, and New York, including Art on Paper. Her paintings are internationally collected privately and can be found in many public and corporate collections in the US including the Pizzuti Collection with The Joseph Editions, Eaton Corporation, MGM International, The Cleveland Clinic, and the prestigious Progressive Art Collection. Dana Oldfather currently works and lives just outside Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Randall and young son Arlo.

I celebrate paint and the oddity of human experience with a focus on femininity and motherhood. Fantasy and obligation charge and bind domestic environments giving memories new form. Restless bodies at play entwine and pile up in dreamy, hallucinogenic landscapes. The figures’ limbs are clumsy and awkward as they poke out of the pile in an attempt to assert autonomy. Wet into wet oil marks tie the forms together. The figures are propped up by each other but they imprison each other too. Color and form create joyful moments and frenetic marks remind us of the effort and strain it takes to bring those moments about. In these scenes, happiness comes at a price. Airbrushed acrylic objects and symbols add information about mood, add formal noise, and blend space. Paint veils, drips, and splashes add tension and a supernatural aura as the paintings shudder with a pulsing, nervous energy. There is chaos and uncertainty in the scene. Objects bleed into and become one another as background objects are brought forward through space and foreground objects are pushed back. I use anxious mark making to mirror a rushing world distorted by apprehension. These paintings underscore the inherent emotional conflict of parenting young children, and the fragility of comfort and happiness in America today.

Featured Work

Borrowed Field

Borrowed Field
oil, acrylic, airbrush, spray paint on linen 48 x 60 inches 2018

Family Bed (Snakes and Potatoes)

Family Bed (Snakes and Potatoes)
oil, acrylic, airbrush, spray paint on linen 40 x 60 inches 2018

Lump Day

Lump Day
oil, acrylic, airbrush, spray paint on linen 40 x 60 inches 2018

Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit
oil, acrylic, airbrush, spray paint on linen 72 x 60 inches 2018

No One Can Hear Us

No One Can Hear Us
oil, acrylic, airbrush, spray paint on linen 48 x 38 inches 2018

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