Daniel Lang: Biographical Sketch
Daniel Lang was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1935. First attending Northwestern University, Lang earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tulsa. Underscoring his postgraduate studies are a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Iowa, four Yaddo Fellowships, and two MacDowell Colony Fellowships.
A cosmopolitan painter, Lang's bases his invented landscapes on sketches and snapshots from his global travels. Rolando Bellini calls his paintings "intellectual autobiographies." International public collections include The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, and Hunterian Art Gallery, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland. Lang has soloed in art galleries in Belgium, England, Italy, Scotland, and West Germany, and in New York, Houston, and Chicago. Public collections coast to coast exhibit his work -- from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Collectors, colleges and corporations, including American Telephone and Telegraph, Chase Manhattan Bank, Pennzoil, and Prudential Life Insurance, also collect his work.
In 1986, Galleria BelloSguardo, Cagli, Italy, and Sherry French Gallery, New York, New York, co-published the book entitled DANIEL LANG: Trees/Water/Silence, A Selection of Paintings from 1975 through 1986. In an excerpt, author John Arthur observes:
In Daniel Lang's paintings we can chart a tendency toward a new Romanticism that has begun to appear in divergent corners of the contemporary scene...
Lang's proclivity for unabashed beauty and sensuality demonstrates that he has come to terms with his imagery and feels no need to confront or hold his audience at arm's length. Whether his work is Postmodern or traditional is not the point. What matters is the strength and authenticity of his vision...
The unguarded ease with which one accepts Lang's work as accurate descriptions of the real world is a deception that leads the viewer without suspicion into these landscapes of the mind. What has been "believed" as a parallel to "reality" is, in fact, closer to the fabric of dreams.
Since 1978, Lang spends six months in New York City and the other half of the year in the small medieval village of Montone in Umbria, Italy. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Daniel Lang first established his reputation as an etcher and draughtsman. In 1995, he collaborated with Stewart & Stewart to do his first work in screenprint at the Wing Lake Studio, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.