Artistic maverick Stan Dann (1931-2013) left an indelible mark on the contemporary art world. His completely original, dimensional wood wall sculpture has captivated and amused collectors, crossed artistic lines and blurred rules about what contemporary art and art mediums “should” be. Born from his background in commercial art and advertising, through his early successful career creating graphics and signage in carved wood, Stan Dann broke through the California craft movement of the 1960’s and 70’s, and began these puzzle-like wood assemblages in 1980.

For over thirty years, Stan Dann’s world exploded with sophisticated images of everyday life, landscapes, shoes, machinery and even dimensional doodles. Wildly prolific, his work was exhibited often in California and the Bay Area, and his solo exhibitions included such legendary venues as Allan Stone Gallery, New York. His work is in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA and his wall sculpture was featured in "Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design" at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY.

"For Stan Dann, art is closely linked to the human condition that needs to construct elements of everyday life into a meaningful context. To view his work is to observe those places and things, common to daily existence, which have been transformed,.. by making the prosaic visually exciting. Dann starts each project with a preliminary drawing which is then transferred onto wood, cut up into many shapes, refined by sanding and assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle."

Carl Worth                                                                                         Curator                                                                                                  

From “Stan Dann” A Ten Year Perspective