Dan Simoneau has been creating art for pretty much all his life. He began taking lessons when he was in middle school and by the time he was a sophomore in high school, he was exhibiting and competing at the adult level already. Later he went to college for the fine arts at the University of Southern Maine, where he majored in painting, pottery and printmaking and minored in art history. He graduated in 1984. Cum laude.
It seems needless to point out that for Dan Simoneau art plays an important role in his life. During and after his studies he has been exhibiting his work all through the United States and his paintings can be found in many private collection. Painting I hear you ask? But why talk about paintings if we showcase photography? Good question. And an easy one to answer.
Dan Simoneau, born in Maine but currently residing in Wisconsin, has specialized himself in the art of photographic painting. In order to do so, he takes photographs to begin with and uses those as reference for his paintings. Besides paintings, Dan realized that the quality of his photographs, meant to be raw material, improved more and more until recently he came to the conclusion that those photographic images could easily stand on their own as art. And so he began to exhibit his photographs as well, and, as it was with his paintings, quickly received recognition for his work.
Dan Simoneau states that his main subject matter in all of his work is the light. His current body of work focuses on light as it falls on the male figure. He appreciates the male figure because of its sculptural qualities and because of its strength. Instead of using flash or photo floods, Dan prefers to work with natural light or everyday lighting as much as possible. Through his photography Dan attempts to capture images of beauty, both expected and unexpected and often overlooked due to our fast-paced lives. Hoping you can enjoy his point of view on the male form and the usages of light as much as he does himself, Dan self-published a male-figure photography book titles “Men” and an photo essay also dedicated to the male form, titles “The Letter”. Both can be found and purchased on his website and blurb.com. –BM-
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