Artist Biography: Demian Dressler
Recognized by vibrantly surreal color and living movement, Demian Dressler sets benchmarks in abstract art process, using a unique mind and a desire for new horizons and methods.
His artistic work was discovered in 2012, and after a year of refusal, he was finally persuaded by art professionals to release it to the general public. In doing so, he overcame an intensely personal and private relationship with his art. Following numerous international awards, his works have found recognition among those within seasoned art communities.
Demian’s most recent, novel technique may be described simply as a hybrid of painting with abstract photography. In reality, it is a highly complex, multistep process, created by the same impulses that produced his Ivy League Doctorate in veterinary medicine and surgery, a top-selling book, and the invention of a cancer therapeutic.
Demian was diagnosed with a rare variant of attention deficit disorder, characterized by hyperfocus, an attribute where visual subjects, thoughts or emotions trap his attention. It is through this diagnosis, this neurologic variation, that his unusual artistic vision and methods emerge.
Many of his large wall art pieces originated from images no bigger than a nickel, painstakingly captured photographically from what he calls a “screen”. This screen is the base surface material, such as film paper or transparent plastic, upon which a variety of media is laboriously applied in many layers. These are combined with solvents and other chemicals on the screen surface. In this process, he liberates natural reactions and unusual physical properties of the vibrant media. These minuscule images are captured using high resolution, macro photography for larger scale photographic pieces. Often, the media is in motion, rendering the composition fully alive, a frozen moment within the fullness of life's changing, organic beauty. In this way, the work reveales a co-creation between artist and fundamental properties of the materials, an exploration of matter, time and scale.
Demian’s childhood was spent in the rural and raw beauty of Maui. He experimented with a variety of artistic methods for many years, attending alternative schools that emphasized artistic development until his teens. He was deeply influenced by the pure, vivid ocean, lush mountains and harsh black lava rock found in his island home. This formed the foundation for his love of vibrance, movement, and bold, ambiguous forms that are portrayed in his works.
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