Dan Attoe, Visitor Center with Pines, 2016, oil on canvas, 48 × 48".

Dan Attoe

Peres Projects

Dan Attoe, Visitor Center with Pines, 2016, oil on canvas, 48 × 48".

“I never thought I would be a landscape painter,” Dan Attoe once remarked—and yet landscapes have played a role in all his work to date, as settings for figures in action. Attoe grew up in nature, his parents working as foresters around the country, so he is familiar with the often spectacular natural settings of the United States. Yet as a small-town kid he is also used to being bored, feeling alienated, or “doing crazy shit” (as he put it in a 2014 lecture). His early experiences have poured into his oeuvre of the past decades, which comprises highly detailed figure paintings depicting slightly absurd scenes of everyday life in the countryside. The seven works in his recent exhibition “Natural Selections” show Attoe shifting focus, bringing the experience of nature to the fore.

Visitor Center with Pines (all works 2016) depicts a one-story building in a natural setting, a

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