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Daniel Brents.

The Artist

Daniel BrentsDaniel Brents is an American artist who has lived and worked in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, as well as in every region of the United States. Following a career as an architect and urban planner, Daniel returned to painting in 2005, studying at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. During his three years of study, his paintings were chosen to be included in the annual exhibitions of student art.

His award-winning work is included in corporate and private art collections, and has been shown in juried exhibitions in Texas and elsewhere. A distinguished jury for the Hunting Art Prize ( chose one of his works as one of the 129 Finalists for the 2009 prize, out of more than 1,500 entries.

Daniel serves as the Exhibitions Chair for Visual Arts Alliance (, a Houston-based artists' organization with an international membership. He is responsible for managing the group's four annual exhibitions, all with prominent jurors, which take place in public venues throughout downtown Houston. He is a VAA board member, and has also served as president and board member of another Houston artists' group.

Artist's Statement

"As an architect, I enjoy experimenting with color, form and texture. Architects seek to create beautiful and intriguing spaces that enrich the lives of the people who inhabit them. As urban designers, we seek to add meaning and authenticity to those spaces, to make them resonate on a deeper level. In art, we have an opportunity to inhabit an alternative world that expresses and explores emotional content. In my work, I respond to observations from my wide-ranging travels, experiences, and events and themes that define our times."


2005-2008: Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Beginning through Advanced Painting; Instructors: Patrick Palmer, Brian Portman; Printmaking; Instructor: Suzanne Manns

1968-1969: School of Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis; Master of Architecture and Urban Design

1964: Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines; Beginning Painting; Instructor: Jules Kirschenbaum

1957-1962: College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station; Bachelor of Architecture; Art Instructors: Joseph Donelson, Alan Stacell















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