DANIEL E. SNYDER (1926- 2004)
Described as an artist with ” a wry sense of humor and complex graphic energy”’, Dan Snyder was a highly accomplished artist as well as professor emeritus of Dramatic Art at University of California- Davis.
Born in Boston, MA. , Snyder attended Yale Art School and was awarded two Fulbright scholarships to France. He was a set designer for the renowned Berliner Ensemble, the London Festival Ballet, the Western Theatre Ballet and the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet. Snyder was also senior staff designer for Granada Television in England. He taught at Columbia University and Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie-Mellon.
Later, while living in London, he received an offer to come teach at UC Davis. In his autobiographical notes Snyder writes : “found out that Wiley, Arneson and Thiebaud teach there in the Art Department —- TAKE THE POSITION ! “.
After moving to Davis, Snyder contributed set designs for a number of UC Davis productions and mounted a popular series, “Out Our Way “, with painter and cohort William T. Wiley. Snyder also initiated and promoted the “Granada Artists in Residence” Program in the department of Theatre and Dance.
In this current retrospective at Shimo Center for the Arts one sees Snyder’s intriguing images of contemporary life using watercolor and intricately detailed ink drawing , “ vividly portraying humorous illustrations of human frailty “.
As Snyder wrote in 1978 — “If you can make something original and nifty…. You are well on your way—-to something “.
- Acrylic on Canvas
- Gauche and Rapidograph Pen
- Mix Media on Paper
- Water Color on Paper