Dan Brown was born in Syracuse NY in 1949. He fondly recalls his childhood when he sketched sports heroes from newspaper photos. As a teenager, with his parent’s encouragement, he enrolled in art classes at Syracuse University and the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse’s pre-eminent Museum of Art. After high school in 1967, Dan attended The Paier College of Art in Hamden CT. Over four years he received a thorough and rigorous grounding in traditional drawing and painting. He studied with the renowned American realists Ken Davies and Peter Poskas.
Upon graduation Dan pursued a career in illustration where his talents became much sought after. His illustrations graced the covers of hundreds of book covers, magazine stories, and commercial advertisements. Two paintings for the United States Army Reserve hang in the Pentagon. His painting depicting The Pentagon the morning after the terrorist attack hangs in the permanent collection of the Army War College in Carlisle PA.
His portraits of Bob Dylan and other rock and roll legends is part of the collection of Rolling Stone magazine. All the while Dan honed his skill and vision as a fine artist, drawing inspiration from Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. These three greats of American painting worked in both oils and watercolor as does Dan. His paintings hang in private collections from Cape Cod to California, in Canada and the United Kingdom. He has had numerous one man shows and his work has received glowing reviews in the American Art Collector, New York Sun, Cape Cod Times and New Haven Register.
Dan continues to paint his unique still lifes, seeing objects and the play of light and shadow as only he can. Recently, relying on the skills he learned from Madison CT artist Ken Davies and the magic of the nineteenth century painter Otis Kaye, his direction is toward Trompe L’oeil, (tricking the eye into thinking the still life is real) painting objects that have lettering on them, such as currency, books and postcards. These paintings are very time-consuming and have become a true labor of love.