Biographical data:

Born 1959 in Dordogne, draws since earliest childhood. Graduate from the Beaux Arts in Bordeaux, works as graphist-designer, starts his own company and works for UNICEF, Pierre Balmain, UNITED NATIONS, ZIPPO, Polyflamme ...
At the age of 40, back to painting, just for the fun of it.

At the age of 48, he drops everything to follow his dream...
 

«For Daniel Castan, the topic is a secondary consideration. He concentrates on laying on the paint, on material structure, on imagination and action. He summarizes his procedure in a few words: ‘’I paint, and the subject matter follows.’’ In another apparent paradox, the artist who claims that he cannot stand cities paints New York in a striking manner. A fantasmatic New-York, that of the seventies detective novels, of the American dream, in which all and sundry can project themselves, where lines, graphic details and perspectives are the reason for painting.
 
     The same applies to cars and to light. There is little space for human beings – a small crowd here or there, but more often than not only as background. On closer investigation, Daniel Castan stands on the border of abstract art. He doesn’t deny it: ‘’At the beginning there was too much detail. Increasingly, I delete, I weed out. I shall certainly end up in abstraction’’. New York suits him. A town of movement and speed, as he too paints in movement and speed. An instinctual painter, he attacks the canvas directly with his knife, after – sometimes – putting in place a few perspectives. He states that he does not think while painting, working his colors directly on the canvas in a
continuous gesture. ‘’A town is like a landscape, sometimes dark, sometimes colorful. There is no recipe and I do not feel restrained; color calls to color’’.
 
     Setting up the atmosphere, as in a nerve-wracking detective story, Daniel Castan paints New-York as
encountered by pedestrians, by the famous yellow cabs, by the street, with a faraway horizon carrying a point of light and an impression of forward flight. The choice of format also plays a role in creating an atmosphere.
Sometimes he works in tall vertical formats, reinforcing the feeling of oppression between overpowering towers. Or, conversely, he spreads horizontally; welcome to the wide avenues, welcome to aptly named Broadway …
 
     For Daniel Castan, to paint is to act, and act fast. Choosing to paint with a knife is significant; it corresponds to his character, as does the choice of alkyde over the past five years. ‘’Oils dry too slowly, acrylics on the other hand dry too fast and do not provide the same sensations.’’ Once the canvas is ready, he covers it with thick strata of a shiny varnish to stress the highlights. Close to being a performance artist, Daniel Castan considers himself a stakhanovist painter and lets slip in a mildly provocative way : ‘’I consider myself more of a sportsman than an artist’’.
 
 
     Andrée Maennel – Dessins et Peintures (Number 53 : March-April 2011)





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Galerie " CC Galerie " - Aigues Mortes (30)
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