“Charity Lemonade Stand”, oil, acrylic, ink and spray paint on linen, 48 x 52 inches, 2018
“Bubble Gun”, oil, ink, acrylic, and spray paint on linen, 38 x 48 inches, 2017
“Fling Flam”, oil, ink, acrylic, and spray paint on linen, 60 x 60 inches, 2017
“Showered”, oil, ink, acrylic, and spray paint on linen, 62 x 80 inches, 2017
“Clearing Primrose” oil, ink, acrylic, and spray paint on linen, 48 x 60 inches, 2017
“Day Game”, oil, ink, acrylic, and spray paint on linen, 60 x 48 inches, 2017
Dana Oldfather was born in Berea, Ohio in 1978. Oldfather was twice featured in the New York Times, and published in the book The Art of Spray by Lori Zimmer of Art Nerd New York. Oldfather’s work was recently exhibited at Texas Contemporary, Miami Project, Art Palm Beach, and Art Palm Springs art fairs. Her paintings are internationally collected privately and can be found in many public and corporate collections in the US including the Pizzuti Collection with The Joseph Editions, Eaton Corporation, MGM International, The Cleveland Clinic, and the prestigious Progressive Art Collection. Dana Oldfather currently works and lives just outside Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Randall and young son Arlo.
These works celebrate paint while blurring the line between figurative and abstract. I use my camera roll for reference and images of family, friends, and movies drive the composition. Abstraction ameliorates semi-realistic underpainting giving recent memories new form. Figure, object and landscape, spin out and smear together as the paintings shudder with a pulsing, nervous energy. I use anxious, frenetic mark making to mirror a rushing world distorted by apprehension. The forces of obligation and yearning simultaneously charge and bind domestic environments. These paintings attest to the inherent emotional conflict of parenting young children, and the fragility of comfort and happiness in America today.