A Closer Examination of Time, 30x40, Oil on Linen/Panel (larger image in folio). Permanent Collection of the R.W. Norton Museum
Welcome to the website of fine artist Daniel Mark Cassity. I am a still life specialist producing a series of oil paintings referred to collectively as The Kingdom. In short, The Kingdom is my imaginary world. Within The Kingdom I explore a vast variety of ideas that can be reduced to a primal notion: fear of the unknown, for instance. Challenging my imagination, I utilize common things, mostly, to present this visually. I suggest fragments of story, along with varying uses of metaphor and symbolism in this pursuit. I also write a brief passage of fiction for each painting, which helps me to zero in, consolidating and adding density to my ideas (note that the writing is there only to support the visual: the inverse of how illustrations complement writing). All of these conceptual concerns intersect, finally, as a unique treatment of subject matter - and when combined with distinctive paint manipulation - result in something special. A through-line of The Kingdom is the use of origami dragons as recurring characters. Also of note, I paint from life, with no preliminary drawing. I paint. There is more detailed info within other tabs.
It is my intention for viewers of my work to have an engaging, satisfying experience. Please feel free to explore.