Danielle Orchard - Women Writing Songs, ca. 2020 (detail)

Danielle Orchard


November 23, 2020

Danielle Orchard is an American contemporary artist known for her cubist paintings depicting women in scenes she experiences every day. These paintings explore the anxiety around physical intimacy, the risks inherent to knowing another person.

Born in 1985 in Michigan City, IN, Orchard currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from the Indiana University in 2009 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2013. She exhibited in a range of venues, including Jack Hanley Gallery, New York NY, Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Bass & Reiner, San Francisco, CA, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmmark, N2N Gallery, New York, NY, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, D.C. Moore Gallery, New York, NY, Kers Gallery, Amsterdam, NE and Dedalus Foundation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. 

In her work, the artist mostly focuses on the female figure to indicate an otherwise hidden psychological position, drawing inspiration from Western art history, such as Analytic Cubism, the Italian Renaissance, the Chicago Imagists, and the Bay Area painters. Her process places emphasis on the tactile and sculptural quality of oil paint, pouring, scraping, and building up thick fields of impasto until an image is realized. She uses line and color in a confident way, giving her work an air of immediacy while allowing for extended gestures of rendering and stylization.

Featured image: Danielle Orchard - Women Writing Songs, ca. 2020 (detail). Oil on canvas. 30 × 24 1/4 in. 76.2 × 61.6 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery