Dan Ouellette

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Dan Ouellette is an American artist, illustrator, director, author and production designer. He began drawing as a child inspired by Escher, Dalí and Moebius.[1] His drawings usually begin with very rough sketches and are intended to capture a moment of tension or eroticism. His art pushes his audience into areas where people feel less than comfortable, stating that the "US which is so puritanical, our bodies are usually a great source of anxiety and fear". As a production designer, he has designed over fifteen independent feature films in the past decade as well as numerous commercials and music videos.[2] He is best known as the director for the music videos Blue and Looking Glass by The Birthday Massacre, receiving over 4 million combined views on YouTube, and has directed music videos for the industrial band Android Lust. He has done production design for many films over the years including Chasing Sleep starring Jeff Daniels. Dan's artwork is strongly themed around surrealism and mostly done in pencil. As an artist he has exhibited widely. He has been published in numerous anthology art books including Bio-Mannerism[3] which also features work by H.R. Giger and Beksinski, and he has been featured in magazines internationally.[4] David Bowie commented while looking at Dan's art that he has noticed a strong influence of science fiction on contemporary art. Giger saw a different aspect, saying simply "Very bony." He grew to adore the cinema of Fellini and later to marvel at Lynch's Eraserhead. Rather than pursue a formal education in the fine arts he chose to study the craft of film making and after college he became a production designer working on feature films in New York City [5] starting with his work as a production designer for Hal Hartley in 1990 with Trust and then, in 1992, with Simple Men.[6]


Music Videos

Short Film


  1. ^ "Dan Ouellette interview at Beinart". Beinart. Archived from the original on 2011-10-14.
  2. ^ "Dan Ouellette on Django". Django. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Books by Daniel Ouellette". Amazon.com. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Spotlight - The Art of Dan Ouellette". cyberpunkreview.com. Archived from the original on 8 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Dan Ouellette New York, NY". Artist a Day. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  6. ^ ""Dreams From A Petrified Head" Director Dan Ouellette". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 10 October 2012.

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