Fearless Fantasy Portraits

image by Veronica V. Jones

Dan Dos Santos

A blond woman holds a magical tome from which long blue tentacles emerge. A black-and-red-striped salamander curls around a pale contented woman's neck. A handsome officer wields a gleaming, bloody blade.

The dangerous children and wondrous monsters that emerge from the studio of Dan Dos Santos present something of a riddle: Does he favor luminescent figures and dark backgrounds, or do you see dark figures and luminescent backgrounds when you witness his works?

Whatever your perception, Mr. Dos Santos’ masterfully lit dramatic portraits, usually capture the setting directly before or after the violent conflicts, leaving the viewer to wonder what has or will happened. Whatever we’ve narrowly missed certainly can’t match the fierce beauty of Dan’s dynamic, sharply focused visions.

Written by in June of 2007. Last edited September 2014.

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  • Dawid Michalczyk - July 19th, 2007 at 11:59 am

    He does beautiful work indeed. I especially like his fantasy like style and beautiful use of colors.