1948 - 1969
Dan Crawford studied commercial and fine art for four years at BealArt in London Ontario. Courses included drawing (figure, still life,
landscape and cityscape), painting, printmaking (linocut, etching, lithography, and serigraphy), sculpture. illustration and design,
photography, and art history. The courses at BealArt provided Crawford the opportunity to experiment and work in a variety of media.
A teacher, John O 'Henly encouraged him to create abstract paintings and introduced him to the work of the Spanish artist Tapies and the
art of pintura materica (material painting). Throughout his career Crawford has continued this approach of using a variety of media and
techniques as a means to creating his personal expression. Early works were in a Pop art style using vacuum formed plastic and lighting
and also paintings influenced by the Surrealist paintings of Magritte and Dali. Crawford traveled to Great Britain and Europe to see the
masterpieces of art he had studied and established a studio upon his return.
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