Daniel McClendon

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Daniel (b. 1985) graduated from Western Michigan University with his BFA—emphasis in painting realism. Shorty, after graduating he relocated to Asheville, NC, where he maintained this focus on realism and began painting full time.

Daniel’s paintings are process focused and examine the connectivity of instinct, impulse, and identity. The work begins non-objectively in the form of a chaotic black and white abstract painting, and from there the animal— a central figure in all his works—emerges. These animals, created from a variety of colors, patterns, textures, forms, and symbols, take on the role of both a totem as well as the embodiment of instinct itself.

“I use a combination of painterly and illustrative techniques to articulate my menagerie of abstract animals. My current approach is to begin each painting with total abstraction – a loose, non-objective black and white outline—a practice that resonates with me due to the sense that I’m always dealing in the unknown.”

His work is collected nationally and internationally in both commercial and private settings. He paints out of his open studio and gallery—The Lift Studios—in Asheville, NC.



 2011 – present    Constant Rotation at The Lift Studios (artist-owned gallery) Asheville, NC 

 2011 – present    Constant Rotation at The Lift Studios (artist-owned gallery)Asheville, NC 

 2106                   “Daniel McClendon” Rose Center Council for the Arts. Morristown, TN 

 2016                   “Hello, Durham.” Private residence pop-up. Durham, NC. 

 2015                   “Emergent Animals” Crawford Gallery, Asheville School. Asheville, NC 

 2014                   “Somewhere Between Lost and Found” North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Raleigh, NC 

 2013                  “Kingdom: Animalia” CVA Gallery. Center for Visual Artists, Greensboro, NC. 

 2011                  “Daniel McClendon” Michael Mitchell Gallery. Charleston, SC. 

 2007                “Monkey Wrench: The work of Daniel McClendon” DeVries Gallery. Kalamazoo, MI.



 2019                “Spotlight on Art” Trinity School. Atlanta, GA. 

 2018.              “Something”- Cabarrus Arts Council. Concord, NC. 

 2018.               “Animal Attraction” Grovewood Gallery. Asheville, NC. 

 2018.              “Large Scale” Muse Gallery. Columbus, OH. 

 2016              “Cherrybounce” William King Museum of Art. Abingdon, VA. 

 2016              “American/Woman. Positive/Negative” Eastern Tennessee State University. Slocumb Gallery. Juried by Al Miner: Museum of Fine Arts Boston. 

 2016              “Coming Home” South Haven Center for the Arts. South Haven, MI. 

 2016               “Wild” Mirada Gallery. Indian Hills, CO. 

 2016               “New Faces” Upstairs Art Space. Tryon, NC. 

 2015              “Invitational 2015” Elder Gallery. Charlotte, NC.

 2015              “Carolina’s Got Art 2015” (Juried) Elder Gallery. Charlotte, NC.

 2013              “Western NC AIDS Project” (Juried) Signature Piece Winner. Asheville, NC. 

 2013              “ArtFields” Lake City, SC. (Juried) 

 2013              “Block House Equestrian Art Exhibit” Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC.

 2012.             “All Creatures Great and Small” DK Gallery, Marietta, GA. 

 2012              “Summer Samplings 2012” The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC. 

2012               “Waking Up With Van Gogh” Hickory Musem of Art. Hickory, NC.

 2012              “Spotlight On Art” Trinity School Gallery, Atlanta, GA. 

2012               “Wintertide 2012” The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC.

 2012              “ArtPrize 2012” Grand Rapids, MI. (Juried) 

2012               “Art Walk Charleston” Michael Mitchell Gallery, Charelston, SC. 

 2012              “Artists of the River Arts District” Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Asheville, NC. 

 2011               “Artists of MMG” Michael Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC. 

2011                “River Arts District Group Show” Asheville, NC. 

 2011               “Asheville Arts” Jubilee, Asheville, NC. 

 2010             “River Arts District Group Show” Hendersonville Arts Council, Hendersonville, NC. 



2018              Juror of “TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia.” Tamarak. Beckley, WV (UPCOMING). 

2014              Juror of Signature piece- WNCAP Auction. Asheville, NC. 



Rosewood Hotel. Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

Ilitch Family Private Collection. Detroit, MI