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 Daniel Brennan  (1929 - 1989)

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Lived/Active: Kansas / Mexico      Known for: figure, interior, fantasy

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

The following is from William Westerman, who was a personal friend and fellow artist of Daniel Brennan:

Obituary from the "Kansas City Star", dated Thursday, January 12, 1989

Daniel Brennan

Daniel Brennan, 59, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, a former area artist, was found dead Jan. 3, 1989 at the home. Mr. Brennan had several exhibitions of paintings at the Lawrence Gallery in Kansas City. His work was also exhibited at the Jewish Community Center and in Texas, California, New York and Mexico. He was featured in the magazine Southwest Art.

He attended Kansas State University, Manhattan (Kansas): the Memphis (Tenn.) Academy of Art: and the Art Students League, New York City. He also worked for the Railway Express Agency while living in Kansas City. Mr. Brennan was an Air Force veteran.

He was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and lived in Kansas City from 1955 until he moved to San Miguel de Allende in 1966. Survivors include a brother, Richard Brennan, Hutchinson, Kan. Services were in San Miguel de Allende.

The following is an information page handed out at a retrospective of Dan's work at the Jayne Gallery in Kansas City, MO:

Daniel Brennan was born in Hutchinson, KS and except for a period of military service and art education, lived in Kansas City until 1966. He worked for the Railway Express Agency, loading box cars by day and painting at night.

In 1966, local art dealers and Brennan patrons, Sidney and Anne Lawrence of the Lawrence Gallery, liking his paintings and sympathetic to his hard work and dedication, made Brennan an offer he couldn't refuse. They would buy 15 of his paintings on the spot with one condition: he was to take the money and go to Mexico to paint.

Daniel Brennan lived in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico until his death in 1989. In an interview for Southwest Art Magazine, September 1981, Brennan explained, "There was a feeling of mysticism, a primitive quality and color that was very un-20th century about San Miguel." Said Brennan, "I am struck by the people and their wonderment and pleasure at life."

The blending of these impressions with his unique painting style resulted in his works being described as Mexican fantasy. "I tried to see Mexico through the eyes of the children for that way it becomes a very special, magical place."

Daniel Brennan's money ran out yet he continued to paint in San Miguel. "The magic caught me," he said.

Daniel's work is in private collections in Mexico, the United States and Canada. His paintings were in one-man and group shows in many cities of Mexico and the U.S. including the Lawrence Gallery. He was chosen to be in the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Mexican Painters published in Mexico City.

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