From a distance, the art of Daniel Zeller resembles many things: a satellite image from some far way land, a microscopic view of some organic mass, or a fleeting image from a remnant of a recent dream. Their forms undulate and vibrate, coaxing the viewer to move closer and closer. With each step the observer must re-evaluate what they imagine they are actually looking at.
While Zeller’s meticulous ink and acrylic patterns appear perfectly crafted and planned, he performs most using a “stream-of-consciousness” approach. He has a visual language consisting of about 15 motifs which he incorporates into each drawing. The relationships between these motifs, which may be used to create a network or a disconnect between forms, emerge spontaneously, one-at-a-time, as Zeller draws in his unpremeditated style.
Daniel Zeller is originally from the San Francisco bay area – San Rafael, CA. He trained as a sculptor but today spends most of his time drawing.
In this video Zeller talks about his life, work and processes. His devotion to making art is inspiring.