Dan Addington
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  • Chicago, IL
  • United States
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Organization or Business Name
Addington Gallery
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Art Interests
Drawing, Painting, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
For a decade, Addington travelled throughout Europe, documenting public statuary and memorials that were, to him, meditations on mortality, history, and aspirations of human spirituality. Addington would then bring these drawings and photographs home to his Chicago studio and use them as the foundations for paintings made from many different, unusual materials - looking at his paintings, you will see wax, tar, imported upholstry fabric, sheet music and oil paint.
The organic qualities of the wood, wax, and tar in his paintings communicate a feeling of timelessness. The processes of building, weathering, eroding and layering create a history that can be traced, investigated, and experienced by the viewer. The accumulation and layering of these materials echoes Dan’s interest in history and the relationships between the stratification of cultures and the layering of memory. The paintings are meant to engage the physical body and evoke a meditational response from the viewer. Through a mixed use of painterly languages, these works explore the nature of mortality, cultural memory, and mankind's desire to locate spiritual meaning.
Dan Addington is an artist, curator, and owner of Addington Gallery, Chicago. His paintings have been featured in group and solo shows across the US, and are in numerous public and private collections. Dan enjoys working with students, and has served as visiting artist at universities and colleges throughout the country.
In addition to his role as practicing artist, Dan has lectured and sat on panels discussing his work and the topic of Spirituality in Art at many locations including Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), the Karitos National Conference on Art and Worship, Bethel University Conference on Work and Faith, the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown MA, The Northwestern College Lilly Endowment Series, Judson University Chapel Series, and Concordia University. Addington attends First Free Church, Chicago.
Accomplishments / CV
MFA, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 1990
MA, Art, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR 1987
BA, Theater and Art, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA 1985

One Person Exhibitions

2018 Cover Stories, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo MI.
2017 Monumental Heart, Dordt College, Sioux Center IA.
2016 Monumental Heart, Concordia University Chicago, River Forest IL.
2015 The Star Wars Series, Metropolis Gallery, Chicago
From Early Hands, Health in the Arts Gallery, University of Illinois, Chicago
2013 The Care of Memory, Draewell Gallery, Judson University, Elgin IL
In a Perfect World, Beverly Art Center (3 person show)
2012 Body and Soul, Norback, Addington, HiltonAsmus, Chicago
2010 Sojourn, Rymer Gallery, Nashville TN
2009 Icons, Oglvie/Pertl Gallery, Chicago
2008 Monument and Memory, John Brown University, Arkansas
Feature: Sarah Sullivan, The Morning News, December 4, 2008
Monument and Memory, Arkansas State University Gallery, Jonesboro AR
2007 From Ancient Earth, Irish Heritage Center Gallery, Chicago
2006 New Paintings, Aliya| Linstrom Gallery, Atlanta
New Work, Malton Gallery, Cincinnati OH
2005 Monuments and Memories, Aliya Gallery, Atlanta
2004 Memory of a New Land, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA
Feature: Janine Calsbeek, Souix Co. Capitol-Democrat, Sept. 2, 2004
New Work, Aliya Gallery, Atlanta
6 Year Survey, University Galleries, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
2003 New Work, Gwenda Jay / Addington Gallery, Chicago
Review: Victor Cassidy, Artnet, 2003
2002 Aliya Gallery, Atlanta
2001 Aliya Gallery, Atlanta
2000 Aliya Gallery, Atlanta
1999 Loyola University Medical Center Gallery, Chicago
University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh, WI
1998 Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL
Aliya Gallery, Atlanta
Review: Jerry Cullum, Atlanta Constitution, Nov. 13, 1998
Evan Glasman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 University of Notre Dame, South Bend IN
Malton Gallery, Cincinnati OH
Review: Maureen Bloomfield, Dialogue Magazine, Nov. 1997
McMurtrey Gallery, Houston TX
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony IN
Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago
Review: Fred Camper, The Chicago Reader, March 21, 1997
1996 Entries, Lineage Gallery, Chicago (three person show)
Ropewalker, Holy Covenant U.M.C., Chicago (three person show)
1995 Shadows of the Body, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA
1994 New Paintings, Southeast Missouri State University Museum, Cape Girardeau, MO
1993 Gwenda Jay Gallery, Chicago
Review: Kristen Brooke Schleifer, New Art Examiner, May 1993
1992 Relics, Arlington Art Center, Arlington Heights, IL
1991 Ewing Museum, Normal, IL
1990 Spirit/Flesh, Up Front Gallery, Bloomington, IL
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1989 Little Journeys, Up Front Gallery, Bloomington, IL
New Work, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA
1988 Up Front Gallery, Bloomington, IL
1987 Arkansas State University Gallery of Fine Arts, Jonesboro, AR
1986 Works on Paper, Dean B. Ellis Library, Jonesboro, AR

Group Exhibitions

2019 Variations in Wax, Robert Morris University, Chicago IL
2019 Curators Create, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago IL
2019 Painting With Fire, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago IL
2019 Beyond Fayum, Hugh N Ronald Gallery, Arts Place, Portland IN
2018 Fused Small Works Exhibition, Brickton Art Center, Chicago IL
Compendium, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL
2017 Chicago Artists Interpret American Literature, Catholic Theological Union Mary-Frances, Chicago IL
Rebirth of an Ancient Medium: Encaustic 2017, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago
5th Annual Juried Competition, Bridgep ort Art Center, Chicago
Past Staff, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington IL
2016 Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Reinventing Ourselves from Another POV, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago
2015 Textual Encounters, ARC Gallery, Chicago
National Encaustic Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago

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