Voices of the Delta: Dennis McCann

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 59, Exhibitions, Image, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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Dennis McCann, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, lives in Maumelle, Arkansas, Working Class, 2016, pastel on paper, 37 x 42 inches

Dennis McCann, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, lives in Maumelle, Arkansas, Blue, 2016, pastel on paper, 20 x 44 inches

Dennis McCann, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, lives in Maumelle, Arkansas,
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, 2016, pastel on paper, 30 x 30 inches


Like most artists, my work has periods of change or growth as I adapt to new techniques and experiences. These changes deal mostly with subject matter, scale, and process. Most of my artwork uses strong sunlight and shadows to establish interesting compositions.

I am currently working on a series of figurative images from both current and old photographs. These images emphasize interesting shapes created by the play of light over the human figure, and other objects. They represent “a slice of life” both past and present. Using playful colors on the figures sometimes creates an abstract quality in a realistic setting. The old black and white photos also complement the use of charcoal as a medium.

I am also working on a series of images from neon signs. In these, I focus on a portion of the sign, creating an almost abstract quality. As in my other work, these works rely heavily on light, contrast, and shapes.

To create my artwork, I generally work in my studio, using photographs. The large paper is pinned to the wall and I listen to music while I draw or paint. Each piece is a representation of the photo and I make adjustments to the composition based on intensity of light, color or subject complexity.

– Dennis McCann


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