DANIEL LEIGHTON "OPENING UP" & CCFA CHARITY EVENT
A prolific digital artist, Daniel Leighton's work is all done on iPads. The pieces are emotive and powerful.
Marianne Williamson (bestselling author and Oprah favorite): “Every time I look at Daniel Leighton's paintings, I gasp. I'm discomfited. I'm thrown off my center, right smack dab into the middle of the human condition whether I like it or not. And every time I have the same thought: "Now that is art. I am moved to my core.””
Plagued by a chronic illness that has ravaged his digestive system, the artist has faced his mortality daily since the age of 5, much of the trauma Daniel has endured can only be remembered as deeply metaphorical images – persistent visions that have haunted him for his entire life. The workings of the body have become revered. As Leighton paints, he follows his physical pain to a place of physical relief. In this process he creates an emotional landscape, connecting to both himself and now, to others. His work reveals the gold inside his pain.
Having worked in a number of mediums to commit his visions to form, from writing to short film art. A lifelong Mac user and Apple enthusiast, it wasn’t until 2010 that Daniel first picked up the iPad and began breaking ground as a digital painter, and the works began to flow out of him. In just a few short years, Daniel has amassed a collection of hundreds of visceral paintings.
Some of the pieces, when viewed through the lens of a smart-phone or tablet’s camera will come to life with 3D animation by Dallas artist Eric Trich. This is a burgeoning technology called “Augmented Reality,” which Daniel is excited to be experimenting with.
Leighton’s solo exhibition “Opening Up” will premiere at WAAS Gallery in Dallas, TX. Reception will begin at 5pm with a fundraiser for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
At 7pm the doors open to the public.
SUPPORT ART | SUPPORT the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
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