Daniel Brents is a painter whose award-winning work is included in corporate and private art collections and has been shown in juried exhibitions throughout Texas and elsewhere. A distinguished jury chose one of his paintings as a Finalist for the Hunting Art Prize from over 1,500 entries, statewide.
Daniel grew up as a city kid and became an architect and urban planner, studying and shaping built environments. He has always been drawn to the complexity of urban life; and his work as a painter often involves urban subjects. Family relocations required him to repeatedly adjust to new and unfamiliar conditions, and the subject of place grew increasingly important. Displacement and dislocation, presence and absence, and the tension between permanence and change are recurring themes. He finds that certain places evoke a sense of mystery or presence that he tries to express. At other times, he responds to the way an otherwise ordered environment is jarred by a disposable culture.
Daniel learned valuable lessons such as composition, form, and scale from his work in the design field. Now, he uses these to make thoughtful and meaningful artwork that evokes a deep emotional response. While advancing through more than five years of painting instruction, critics and instructors have said about his paintings that they are “cinematic”, and that they “have a poetic quality”. Others have commented that his work often expresses “mystery”. In any case, his goal is to provoke thoughtfulness and introspection.
Daniel is involved in the Houston arts community, having served as president and exhibitions manager of one visual artists’ group and as Exhibitions Chair for another, where he managed four professional juried exhibitions annually. He participates in several juried group exhibitions each year throughout Texas, and he has served as a juror in regional exhibitions.
Genre: Abstract, Figurative