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Daniel Maidman
Daniel Maidman is a painter who applies a classical grounding to a contemporary sensibility. His art has been shown in juried exhibitions in New York, Washington, DC, California, Ohio, Missouri, and Oregon, and was selected by the Saatchi Gallery to be displayed at Gallery Mess in London. His art and writing on art have been featured in ARTnews, American Art Collector, International Artist, Poets/Artists, Manifest, The Artist’s Magazine, the New York Optimist, and the publishing arm of SUNY- Potsdam. He blogs for The Huffington Post and Artist Daily. His writing on Da Vinci is currently taught at DePaul University and Roosevelt University.

His paintings range from the figure and portraiture, to still lives and landscapes, to investigations of machinery, architecture, and microflaura. His images occupy a spectrum from high rendering to almost total abstraction.

His work is included in numerous private collections, among them those of Chicago collector Howard Tullman, best-selling novelist China Miéville, and author Kathleen Rooney. He is represented by Dacia Gallery in Manhattan, Gitana Rosa Gallery in Brooklyn, Hilliard Gallery in Missouri, and Six Summit Gallery in Connecticut. His paintings can be found at His writing on art is collected at He lives and paints in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Entries by Daniel Maidman

The Spooky Occluded: Julia Haw's "The Western Veil"

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:33 PM

One of the most disturbing images in the Harry Potter books is also one of its least violent. It appears in volume five, when Harry and company are exploring the Department of Mysteries.

...there was a raised stone dais in the center of the lowered floor, and upon this dais...
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As Light Is Said to Do

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:36 AM

A light has gone away. The painter Melissa Carroll died March 31, 2014. She had Ewing's sarcoma, a vicious cancer that jumped to new parts of her body even as her doctors got its existing sites under control. Melissa was 31.

I wrote about her show "Recurrence" at...

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My Own Private Tron: Jean-Pierre Roy at Gallery Poulsen

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Jean-Pierre Roy is engaged as a painter in an ongoing project which appeals to me very much; and not only in my capacity as a painter, but also as a metaphysically-inclined science and science fiction geek, and as a child of the '80s. Here, take a gander at one of...

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The Aesthetic Feminine

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Here, let's look at a Dorian Vallejo painting.

Ascent (68x46) oil on canvas

Vallejo's solo show, "A Dream Within a Dream," is at Sirona Fine Art in Hallandale Beach, Florida until March 27. To a contemporary eye, his paintings can be difficult to...

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Simon Dinnerstein's Irregular Grid

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:46 PM

If you're in New York and have a spare afternoon on your hands, consider dropping by the German Consulate at Turtle Bay and spending some time with Simon Dinnerstein's masterpiece, The Fulbright Triptych (1971-74, oil on panel, approx. 7'x14').

I am very partial to the grid, in its regular and...

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Alley Scott Paints Her Friends

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Alley Scott currently has a solo show up at Project Parlor in Brooklyn. The paintings included are mostly large busts of her female friends, who were instructed to pose in bra, glasses, and lipstick, elements Scott sees as characteristic of herself. This gaggle of friends took a lively approach to...

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The Dream of Maribarbola

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 3:20 PM

As you know, I am your loyal painter and arts blogger. But perhaps you didn't know that I have also been working on a historical fantasy novel these many years, Railroad to Zanzibar. I have started e-publishing novella-sized pieces of volume I on Amazon -- the first two parts are...

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Art and Artists III: Forms of Beauty

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 12:37 PM

The Blind Prophet.

Let me conclude this sequence of posts with a slightly more detailed examination of what it means to an artist -- in this case me -- to be able to follow in real time the work of another artist -- in this case,...

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Art and Artists II: The Angel of the Lower East Side

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 7:02 PM

Deck the Walls

Last time, I told you about a chain of events triggered by running into artist Dorian Vallejo at Steven Assael's drawing show at Forum Gallery. Today I'd like to continue my incomplete portrait of the art scene in New York at the end of 2013...

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Art and Artists I: A Spanish Woman

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 7:58 PM


I wrote a few weeks ago about Steven Assael's work at Forum Gallery. But as usual, I didn't give you any context for my experience of seeing the work. What happened was that I went to the opening. Naturally I ran into several artists I knew; one...

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Dina Brodsky at the Mµseum: A Jewel With a Universe in It

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:50 PM

I have been wanting to write about Dina Brodsky forever. But I'm glad it took me a while to get down to it, because in the meantime I read Walter Benjamin's 1936 essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." I know every other art enthusiast has...

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Nicola Hicks: The Rudeness of Art and the Excellencies of Nature

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 3:58 PM

First, let's consider what Robert Hooke had to say when he used the microscope to compare the head of a needle with the legs of fleas. I have had recourse to this fascinating thought before, and no doubt I will again:

The Image we have here ... was the top...
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Drawing as Monastic Practice: Steven Assael at Forum Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 9:19 AM

A collection of drawings by Steven Assael is on display right now at Forum Gallery in Manhattan. Assael is universally known by high-technique figurative painters working in the United States today, among whom his skills are legendary.

Suyeon Lee 2013, graphite and crayon...
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Saying Goodbye to Martha Erlebacher

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 8:36 AM

There are several species of human intimacy; the most familiar ones result from kinship, romance, friendship, and work. The last of these is not less than the others. The bond of labor in a shared project is intense. It is prone to decay when the work is done, but while...

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Daniel Maidman on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 12:22 PM

An Octopus
oil on panel, 12"x12", 2013

I was eager to chase the undulating fluidity and alien intelligence of the octopus. If you're a painter, you will also understand the appeal of blending orange and purple. It's insane, but nature is insane.

Much more at

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Daniel Maidman on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:37 AM

The Red Pipes
oil on canvas, 24"x30", 2013

Continuing to explore my interest in machinery, I sought out industrial structures that combined complexity and graphical boldness. When I found these pipes, I could not stop looking at them.

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Theophany: Kyle Staver's Greek Myth Paintings at Tibor de Nagy Gallery

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 10:53 AM

We've started talking about mythology in painting, and I've been wanting to talk with you about Kyle Staver for a while, and she paints a lot of Greek myth paintings, and she has a show opening on Thursday at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, so there you go. Good...

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The Excellent Unreal: Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne at Century Guild Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Here's an oddity -- "Symbiosis," a show of work by one artist I've written about already, and one artist I'll have more to write about later. But that's life: you don't get to pick the timing. Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne are a married pair of Chicago artists with...

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The Trustworthy Image: Janice Nowinski at John Davis Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 4:27 PM

I was talking with Janice Nowinski about her painting, "Nude with Red Background," and something about it reminded me of a principle I learned in a technical course on television broadcasting I took in 1992; for all I know, the principle involved has changed by now.

The principle was this:...

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Daniel Maidman on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 10:30 AM

Industrial Object #2
oil and silver leaf on panel, 36"x36", 2011

I love heavy machine forms. In this series, I was working on isolating and magnifying industrial parts to show them as nearly religious ikons. I wanted to bring out their mystery and threatening beauty.

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