Daniel Brush: Thirty Year's Work
Over the past 30 years, working in virtual seclusion from the mainstream, Daniel Brush has created an unparalleled body of work which includes painting, sculpture and jewelry. His large-scale canvases and drawings, inspired by the expressive, disciplined gestures of the Noh theatre, integrate Brush's study of Asian philosophy and the drama of modernist painting. His three-dimensional works include delicate granulated gold domes in the traditions of the ancient goldsmiths, jewel encrusted objects of virtue and fantasy, and gold and steel sculptures, some only a few inches high. Imbued with a timeless quality and mesmerizing in their intricacy, Brush's objects bear comparison with the work of historical masters and are included in numerous collections. His recent wall pieces in blued steel and pure gold engage the ambient light. His table works in stainless steel and pure gold, hand-engraved with thousands of rhythmic lines, are visual poems that record the passage of time. Brush has developed a rigorous personal aesthetic marked by its intellectual force, mastery of technique and the science of materials. His idiosyncratic, contemplative work marks a journey of evolving mastery, and bodies forth a deeply expressively voice in American art.