Daniel Ferlan | 20 Years

October 4 – November 1 

This exhibition presents the most comprehensive overview of Daniel Ferlan’s career to date. Showcasing artwork from 1999 to present, it comprises 75+ pieces specifically choreographed into eras of his work. This visual timeline can be compared to a gigantic story book that enchants and immerses the viewer into Ferlan’s reinvented folklore-like tales. This mass display of work comprises an implosion of bold-lined, textured paintings to an appealing contrast of newer works that entail intricate, miniature characters placed strategically in Dutch-like landscapes. Hauntingly beautiful creatures, blooming lands of color, and personal symbolic relics all loosely imply various art historical references, naturally formed within the artist’s psyche. Despite Ferlan’s work being highly introspective, the works are still able to be digested by any spectator, no matter what filter is applied.

Art collector Thomas Arlen Wagner has supported Ferlan’s creative vision since the beginning. Initially attracted to his early impasto paintings, the transition into the meticulously detailed oil paintings all made conceptual sense to Wagner. Ferlan’s work is a perfect representation of my collection due to their authenticity, curious depictions of life, and the dark playful energy that they all evoke . A large portion of the art on view will be from Thomas Arlen Wagner’s personal collection along with pieces borrowed from other private collectors. Viewing Ferlan’s work from the past 20 years all under one roof “is a work of art in itself” states Mansfield Art Center’s Executive Director, George Whitten.

The progression and subtle similarities that emerge from Ferlan’s younger Fine Art career to the current, showcase how narrative driven his work is. Characters grow and merge into other painted beings. Large palette knife paintings dwindle down to minuscule brushes… as the time progresses. Symbolic forms found within the work can be repeatedly tracked throughout the exhibition, translating into various psychological portraits of the artist’s inner psyche.

The downstairs gallery will premier “The Dragging of a Dear”, Ferlan’s new work. This show is a prelude for what churns in the upstairs gallery.

Curated by: Thomas Arlen Wagner & Wynter Whiteside

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