Dan McDermott

McDermott is a painter of the overlooked. The painter’s extensive body of work is drawn from an expanding archive of images, frozen frames from film and television, emotionally resonant from their entrapment within the decades in which they were born and forgotten. The resulting image often seems familiar but its references are evasive, creating a sense of déjà vu, and investigating the ways in which individual significance is forged and shaped by Type.

The Lumière Project is an on-going investigation that started in 2010 and consists of paintings, photographs, prints, and moving image. All the work is based on a common source - photographic frames taken from one of the earliest examples of cinema – The Lumière Brothers’ Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat, 1895. This short piece of film lasting less than one minute shows a train pulling into a station in France and people entering and alighting. McDermot is interested in what could be called the “present moment-ness” of these past events captured on film.

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Dan McDermott 2010

Dan McDermott 2010

Lumière Diptych II (Painting 2)
Oil on canvas
120 x 160 cm


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Dan McDermott 2010

Dan McDermott 2010

Lumière Diptych I (Panel 2)
Oil on canvas
72 x 178 cm


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Dan McDermott 2010

Dan McDermott 2010

Lumière Figure III (Painting 2)
Oil on canvas
110 x 150 cm


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Dan McDermott 2010

Dan McDermott 2010

Lumière I
Oil on canvas
160 x 240 cm


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