Peek Into The Artist’s Studio With Uriél Dana (@uridev) in Oakland, California, USA
About Uriél Dana:
Uriél Dana has been honored for her work as a fine artist, writer, and lecturer for more than three decades. Her oils, gouache, and lost wax bronze work has been shown in 12 countries on 4 continents. She is a former U.S. State Department Ambassador to the Arts under the former Arts America Program.
Her oil paintings and drawings are included in dozens of private, corporate, and celebrity art collections.
In addition to her own art career, for 17 years she was known for her painting collaborations with the late Gage Taylor under the name Taylor-Dana.
She is a member of the Portrait Painters of America.
A few of her honorary mentions include:
International Woman of the Year (nominee 4 times)
Outstanding People of the 20th Century*
*Outstanding Achievement Awards
*Outstanding Achievement in the Fine Arts
The Twentieth Century Award for Achievement
Who’s Who of American Art
Who’s Who of American Women
Who’s Who in America
2,000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th century
Int’l Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women
2000 Outstanding Women of the Twentieth Century
Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals 2007
(For fine art restoration of easel paintings.)
About Uriél Dana’s studio:
The first twenty years of my art career my studio was in Sausalito minus 3 years in Hawaii. Both studio’s were too small and restricted the size of the work that could be created.
I’ve had my current studio ten years. Located in the historical area of Jack London Square in Oakland, 6 miles from San Francisco. The building is near the Ferry, BART, and Amtrak. Parking is easy and both cafes and bistros are walking distance. The building was once a mattress warehouse and has a classic old school freight elevator, a loading entrance, and soaring 3-meter ceilings. It’s also a two-minute walk to the waterfront. Unfortunately, it is noisy.
My space is 3,000 square feet with huge skylights, storage, a small kitchen and bathroom with industrial sink for brush cleanup and a shower for myself. It is work only. I’ve installed gallery lighting for work and exhibit space and 5 drop ceiling fans for keeping the place cool in summer and warm in winter. There is a huge fan and an ionizer for safety from fumes.
I keep several pieces in progress at one time. For 30 years I’ve have 6 custom counter weighted wall easels allowing me to work on different size pieces at once and here I have all of them mounted! I bought myself an electric easel several years ago after breaking my arm to lift heavier pieces. It allows me to raise work up and down or front to back with foot peddles.