Newport Beach

Dan McCleary

Newport Harbor Art Museum

With the knowing, incisive touch of a sensitive dramatist, Dan McCleary recalls and reconstructs the content and emotional tenor of important yet fleeting episodes common to most of us who grew up in middle America. A young painter (he is in his early 30s), he has an intuitive grasp of the tender, indescribable emotions of late adolescence and early adulthood. His paintings speak of the vulnerability involved in parental and romantic attachments, and of the lasting effects of seemingly insignificant social encounters that go unrecorded even as they leave their mark deep in the psyche.

McCleary is a dramatist, not a documentarian. Broad, flat planes define the essential features and positions of his figures, while precise details of clothing and gesture focus attention on critical points of conflict and connection. We are experiencing art, not life; McCleary’s imagery has been filtered

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