Dennis P. McCann

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Dennis P. McCann
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Born Dennis Patrick McCann
(1961-04-14)April 14, 1961
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nationality American
Education University of Illinois, Governors State University
Known for Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture
Movement Pop art
Justify, Acrylic on Canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2007. First painting from the 'Neocon' series.

Dennis P. McCann, born April 14, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, is an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor, who works primarily in the visual art movement known as Pop Art. His works have been featured in a number of publications and exhibitions, and can be found in museums, special collections and galleries throughout America and Europe.[1] McCann is also a university professor, having held positions at Middle East Technical University, Ankara University and Trakya University, all in the Republic of Turkey. In 2005, McCann married Turkish artist Fatma Gülnar, and both now reside in Izmir, Turkey.


McCann with Reza Hemmatirad at the 2011 Izmir Bienniale

According to autobiographical sources, McCann began drawing at the age of three, painting at the age of six, and had his first solo exhibit at the age of fourteen. In high school, he was selected to represent his school in the City of Chicago All-City Art program as a freshman, when such a distinction was reserved for Juniors and Seniors.

McCann attended Thornton Community College, the University of Illinois, and received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Governor's State University.[1][2] Dennis is listed in Who's Who Among American College Students.[2]

In 1991, MTV aired a segment from a celebrity auction for charity, which presented a portrait of the American musician, singer and songwriter Lou Reed, painted by McCann and additionally autographed by Reed.[3] Soon after, he was commissioned by JAM Productions (a Chicago-based concert promotion company) to create a series of rock and roll portraits. Many of these portraits were autographed by the corresponding celebrity. Portraits in this series included Elvis, Sting, David Bowie, Seinfeld, Penn & Teller, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol and John Malkovich. The portraits were donated to charity through Christmas is for Kids (now known as Rock for Kids) via the sponsorship of JAM Productions.[3]

His bronze sculpture can be found in Chicago's Continental Bank, and a glass sculpture at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL.[2] His works have also been featured in the Daily Calumet, Daily Southtown, Kankakee Journal, Manteno News, Chicago Sun-Times, Oak Park Journal, What Goes On, Unihaber, Sabah and Sanat Cevresi.[1] He has been the subject of two documentaries: 'Dennis McCann, Artist,' a film by Gerry Barajas,[1][2] and 'Dennis McCann: Portrait of an Artist,' a film by Sohhyun Yi.[1]

In 2011, he was co-featured artist at the International Izmir Biennial,[4][5] his works appearing in the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture (Devlet Resim Heykel Müzesi) main gallery with those by Iranian artist Reza Hemmatirad. He was again the featured artist at the 2013 Izmir Biennial,[6] as well as the International Art Director, keynote speaker and a member of the Jury.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Fine Art America. "Profile - Dennis McCann", Fine Art America, Santa Monica, CA. Retrieved on November 8, 2013
  2. ^ a b c d Star Struck - An exhibition of celebrity portraits "Star Struck",, Chicago, IL. Retrieved on November 18, 2013
  3. ^ a b Misha Davenport (April 19, 2002), 'Star Struck' artists focus on famous faces, Chicago Sun Times, p. 16, retrieved November 11, 2013 
  4. ^ [1] Izmir Culture and Art Website
  5. ^ [2] Gazete A24
  6. ^ [3] Izmir'de Sanat
  7. ^ [4] BienalIzmir

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