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June 3, 2011 / bergelli

Daniel Tousignant Exhibition — Through June 15th


Daniel Tousignant: Recent Paintings

Gallery Bergelli is pleased to present new paintings by San Francisco artist Daniel Tousignant. The work will be on display from May 13 – June 15, 2011. The reception will be held on Friday, May 13 from 6pm-8pm, with Artist’s talk from 7pm-7:30pm.

Raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota, Tousignant started painting at the age of five. The unique spirit and energy of every scene he paints captures the subtleties of color and light. Daniel’s work never fails to bring delight and wonder to its viewers.

“I love recalling collective memories of peaceful landscapes, creating environments with open, expansive, clear horizons – an old tree, a vista of pastureland, and the distant billowing clouds of my lazy youth.” -Daniel Tousignant

His Botanicals refract light so beautifully that they become a natural medium for the luminous way that he sees and portrays his subjects. The pure, pigmented colors are layered and blended on custom-made black lacquered wood panels.

In a review, Barcelona’s Metropolitan Magazine described Tousignant’s art as follows:

“Looking at the work of San Francisco artist Daniel Tousignant is like staring at a freeze frame of the best dream you’ve ever had, and the effect is a sudden wash of chest-clutching happiness. The beauty evoked by his landscape is so intense that it elevates them into the realm of abstraction, even though on the surface they’re utterly representative. There is some living depth, all the more fascinating for its hiddenness, breathing behind every leafy branch. The artist says that trees reflect the beauty and vulnerability of all living things. Maybe this vulnerability is what we see just under the surface of his canvasses, and what elicits such a visceral reaction to his work.”

Mr. Tousignant attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Chicago Art Institute, Central School of Art in London, and the Royal Academy in London, England. Tousignant has exhibited in galleries throughout the US and recently in Barcelona, Spain. The artist received the 2008 Spectrum Honoree Award by the Access Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports affordable mental health services. Recent San Francisco public exhibitions of his work include: Bank of America, Transamerica Building, Parkmerced. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Marin Magazine, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Papercity Magazine.

The last four years Daniel Tousignant has donated artwork to the Heroes & Hearts program of The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. The program auctions large, heart-shaped structures to generate funds for the Foundation. Tousignant donated a heart for the 2007 auction which raised $50,000 for the hospital Foundation. Originally on display in San Francisco’s Union Square, it is now installed at the corporate headquarters of the Half Moon Bay company that purchased it. Previously, a ‘table top’ heart painted by Tousignant raised $25,000, and his 2011 heart raised an additional $75,000. The artist is most gratified that his artwork has made such a significant contribution to San Francisco General.

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