Dan Attoe’s paintings and works on paper depict natural wonders—waterfalls, beaches, mountains, rocky cliffs, over-sized forests—populated by tiny figures often spouting even tinier diaristic missives. Disrupting the perceived grandeur of an imaginary idyllic landscape with their stature and utterances put in stark relief against dramatic backdrops, Attoe’s narrative vignettes estrange mythologies of the American west.
Attoe’s work has recently been presented in solo exhibitions at Half Gallery in New York; Peres Projects in Berlin; Greg Kucera Gallery in Washington; Western Exhibitions in Chicago and 1430 Contemporary in Portland. He has been in numerous group shows in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. Attoe is also one of the founders of Paintallica, an artist collective that has presented performative installations across the country. Attoe’s work has been written about and featured in Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, Art Review, The Journal, Flash Art, Berlin Art Journal, PAPERMAG and The New York Times. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin in 1998 and his MFA from the University of Iowa in 2004. Attoe lives and works in Washougal, Washington.