Dan Attoe was born in 1975 in Bremerton, Washington. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1998, and just finished his MFA in Painting at the University of Iowa. He has shown extensively in Iowa, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and internationally in Paris, Naples and Tokyo. Dan makes a small painting every week day and "puts something" on a larger one. In addition to his paintings, Dan also makes tents.
Of his artwork, Attoe writes: My paintings are short stories and games. The characters and spaces they inhabit are varyingly real and imaginary. They all come from a wide range of research in popular culture, travel, rural life and people I know or have made up. Humor, mystery and specificity are some of my favorite things to play with...Having grown up in small towns and ranger stations in the west and Midwest with two brothers, much of my formative experience is in dealing with specifically male politics. Subsequently, much of the issues dealt with in my work are rooted in masculinity or issues of the middle class. These things range from confronting femininity, power struggling, and working, to looking for a sense of purpose.
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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