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ABOUT

Dannika Sullivan is an oil painter based in Portland, Oregon. Her passion for art started at a young age when she began drawing with graphite, but her style began to develop when she was introduced to pastel pencils in college, which allowed her to branch out into a new world of color and texture. Now Dannika has found her new love in oil painting, creating realistic portraits and studies of objects and scenes that play with a mix of colors and styles. She is dedicated to continually experimenting with the paint and finding new ways to express emotions, thoughts, and states of mind she can’t find the words to explain. She often uses art to tap into the truth behind the masks we put on to hide our emotions in today’s modern world, but also attempts to reach for those moments of peace and presence that we too often take for granted.

Between Shadows and Light: Portraits of our Complex Condition

In Dannika’s most recent paintings, she attempts to explore the struggle between disillusionment with society while striving to remain hopeful. She delves into the cognitive dissonance of trying to maintain optimism and positivity amidst pervasive doom and gloom. Without hope, there is a risk of burnout and succumbing to fatalism and apathy—an easy trap in today's world. These paintings attempt to express the tension felt between being saddened and angered by the state of the world, and living in denial, going about daily lives as if nothing is happening. Perhaps it's possible to exist as complex humans, simultaneously embracing sadness, anger, joy in little moments, and hope in our community. By acknowledging and utilizing both negative and positive emotions, meaningful action can be taken toward a greater goal, but it is always a struggle.

Upcoming Events

July Feature at Sevigny Studio
July Feature at Sevigny Studio
When
Jul 05, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Where
Portland,
3576 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

"ROSE AND ROSE" OLD TOWN GALLERY FIRST FRIDAY EVENT,
PORTLAND, OR

June 2020

'OUR CHANGING CONTEXT' CHEHALEM CULTURAL CENTER GROUP EXHIBITION, NEWBERG, OR

April 2020

​2nd ANNUAL 1122 GALLERY HOLIDAY MAKERS POP-UP​, ​PORTLAND, OR

May 2018

​TEA ON 65th GROUP EXHIBITION III​, ​PORTLAND, OR

May 2018

TEA ON 65th GROUP EXHIBITION II, PORTLAND, OR

April 2019

CHEHALEM CULTURAL CENTER GROUP EXHIBITION, NEWBERG, OR

May 2018

1122 GALLERY HOLIDAY MAKERS POP-UP, PORTLAND, OR

December 2019

LOTERIA GROUP EXHIBITION, CACTUS GALLERY, LOS ANGELOS, CA

April 2018

VANCOUVER CITY HALL GROUP EXHIBITION, VANCOUVER, WA

March 2018

RAW SHOWCASE, PORTLAND, OR

September, 2016

Publications

"Virtual art show goes viral." Oregon Arts Watch. April 28th, 2020.

https://www.orartswatch.org/virtual-art-show-goes-viral/

“Artist Feature: Dannika Rose Sullivan.”​ Nailed Magazine. June 27th, 2019.
https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-danaka-rose-sullivan/

Beacon Quarterly​, Back Page, vol. 4, March 2018

Exhibitions

Awards

2022 - Finalist in John Dalton's Virtual Art Prize

2016 - Best in Show at Pacific University's Annual Art Show

2016 - Best Drawing at Pacific University's Annual Art Show

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