Dark Waters, the art of Michiel Daniel at the Long Beach Playhouse Gallery

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Michael Stearns and the Long Beach Playhouse Gallery are proud to present master artist Michiel Daniel in the Playhouse Gallery.

Daniel began this body of work five years ago after a number of years working as a Realist painter.  His abstractions are inspired by ocean life at extreme depths.  With this work, he employs a broad range of influences including: The work of the Pattern and Decoration Painters, Pop Art, California Finish Fetish and Surrealism.

Popular cultural influences would include: Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons from the 50’s and 60’s, black velvet paintings, Chinese brush painting and Japanese comics and illustration.

Daniel is a graduate of the Claremont Graduate School of Fine Arts. He was the winner of the Individual Artist’s Fellowship Grant, Public Corporation for the Arts in 1997. He has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Southern California for over 30 years. His work is in private and public collections including The Long Beach Museum of Art, Western Michigan University, and The Laguna Beach Museum of Art. He currently is a professor at Long Beach City College.

This exhibition includes the artist’s reception March 10, 7-9 pm and a two hour artist’s salon March 12, 7-9 pm. Exhibition runs through Sunday, March 17.

The Playhouse Gallery is managed by curator Michael Stearns. For further information contact Michael Stearns at 562.400.0544, info@michaelstearnsstudio.com.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre that cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.  Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$25. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm & Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinées only. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014.

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