Dan May is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based artist whose strange work I’ve recently been introduced to. As a modern narrative painter, May cultivates a rich texture of the surreal and mysterious in his highly original flowing style. His detail-intensive works have become widely recognized for their ability to transcend the natural states of space and time into something dreamlike. His landscapes are dark places populated by baleful, sad-eyed creatures who, like those of Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are, seem the opposite of threatening, and their gloomy eyes giving them a look of longing and loneliness.
The seemingly playful creatures inhabiting his vibrantly tended palette appear to have the qualities of your typical monster, all the while maintaining a humanity that reflects our own wide range of emotions and imperfections. May’s propensity for using hair as a metaphor has become a focal point that he has built on to speak about larger aspects of humanity as well as the dream world, and gives a strong nod to his progressive personal growth and evolution as an artist.
Interesting, provocative and otherwordly, I give you the art of Dan May.