Daniel Hutchinson received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver and his MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax. He has exhibited across North America, Australia and Sweden. Notable exhibitions include solo-exhibitions at YYZ Artists' Outlet and Angell Gallery in Toronto, in the national survey The Painting Project at L'Université du Québec à Montréal, Painting Hamilton at the Hamilton Art Gallery and in the Micah Lexier curated show,More Than Two, at The Power Plant in Toronto. Accolades include the 2018 Laura Ciruls Painting Award for midcareer artists from the Ontario Arts Foundation, two times semi-finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and the prestigious Brucebo Foundation Artist Residency in Gotland, Sweden, among others.
Daniel produces oil paintings with thick, striated brushstrokes of grey and black hues painted onto primed panel or canvas. The result is a near monochrome picture that largely avoids traditional modeling of light and dark; instead the image emerges where actual light is caught in the grooves and reflected from the ridges of each carefully executed brushstroke. His subject is the shifting conditions of light and atmosphere over the dynamism of a formless matrix, such as the sea, clouds and the abstract gestures of paint itself. Unlike static representations, his paintings attempt mimesis, enacting the action and movement of their subjects in ribbon-like brushstrokes of fluid paint. These brushstrokes index gestures that caress and map the picture surface while depicting depth, illusion and an optical morphology of light and paint. In recent years, Daniel has pushed beyond monochrome paintings, exploring frottage, vibrant colour, and the introduction of new media. Hutchinson's paintings are in the collections of RBC, TD Bank, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Saint Mary's University, and numerous other public and private collections.