The Lift Studios- Daniel McClendon





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Published on Apr 19, 2016

Daniel McClendon b. 1985 Chicago, IL

Daniel graduated from Western Michigan University with his BFA—emphasis in painting realism. Shorty after graduating he relocated to Asheville, NC, where he maintained this focus on realism and began painting full time.This continued until he came to the conclusion that his work was “fraudulent” due to the lack of a true and honest voice. This identity crisis led him to quit painting entirely. During this hiatus his mind slowly wandered back to the creative process and the important themes in his life. And, unexpectedly on March 21st, 2011 at 3:59 A.M. he had an epiphany. He rolled out of bed and wrote down the framework for how to achieve an authentic form of expression.

Daniel’s paintings are process focused and examine the connectivity of instinct, impulsive action, and identity. The work begins non-objectively in the form of a chaotic black and white abstract painting, and from there the animal— a central figure in all his works—emerges. These animals, created from a variety of colors, patterns, textures, forms, and symbols, take on the role of both a totem as well as the embodiment of instinct itself.

The Lift Studios is located in the heart of Asheville’s River Art’s District, at 349 Depot St. Situated along the French Broad River, the R.A.D. was once a bustling area with passenger trains, hotels, and businesses. It was the industrial hub of Asheville and, therefore, one of the oldest neighborhoods in town. But like so many other industrial districts, it was severely neglected and never quite recovered from the Great Depression. Fortunately, there has been resurgence, starting slowly in the 80s and continuing strongly in the last 5 years, to organically redefine the area as a unique, arts-oriented district. With artists moving in and fixing up old warehouses as well as a diverse collection of other businesses, the River Arts District has become a destination of national renown. We are surrounded by over 120 working artists and some of the best restaurants in Asheville. The River Arts District is a “Must See” when visiting Asheville. -

See more at: www.theliftstudios.com

Video Production By: Wonderland Woods Productions


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