Los Angeles

Dan McCleary

Krygier/Landau Contemporary Art

Dan McCleary’s recent portrait paintings and pastel drawings share an affinity with works by the old masters. His small oil paintings of Michael Abatemarco, for example, are strongly reminiscent of Renaissance portraiture. McCleary depicts his subject only from the shoulders up, yet reveals much about the person’s character. Abatemarco looks like a boy in late adolescence, with an unlined, almost innocent face that nevertheless is marked by a look of defiance verging on belligerence. In one of the works in this series, the youth’s face is portrayed almost straight on, with just a slight turn to the right. His lips are pursed, his eyes stare as if at a distant point, his dark hair contrasts with the peach tones of his flesh. He looks fresh, handsome, not yet fully matured, but possessing a precocious sense of self. A shoulder-and-head drawing of Vincent McCleary, the artist’s brother, is

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