Recently, I received an awesome package in the mail from the multi-talented Dan Eells of Philadelphia. Inside were two original watercolor pieces, a mixed media collage and two glossy stickers of his digital work. I have been a fan of Dan’s work since I stumbled upon some of his collages through mutual “art friends” on Facebook. It isn’t often that you see an artist who is completely confident in nearly every artistic medium, and still has the ability to unify them with a common weirdness.
Dan Eells’ work brings old printed images into the modern era with strange juxtopositioning and bright bold colors. His ink drawings when combined with watercolor allow you to see portraits and animals in a unique new light. Although, a lot of the surface may remain untouched white, the amount of detail in what is drawn or painted is overwhelmingly powerful.
I was immediately reminded of his art when I randomly acquired a giant stack of vintage National Geographic magazines from the early 70’s to late 80’s. By sending Dan a small stack of these magazines, I am the proud new owner of several of his pieces! I couldn’t be happier.