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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 and artist, I love to experiment with color, form, texture, composition and content. Although I started as a representational artist, I have gravitated to abstraction; however, I am not ready to settle for a particular "style". I range widely in my travels, where I see mysteries everywhere."


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


• VAA 31st Juried Membership Exhibition, Harwood Taylor, Juror; Houston
• VAA 4th Invitational Juried Exhibition, Ken General, Juror; Houston
• VAA 3rd Invitational Juried Exhibition, Patrick Palmer, Juror; Houston

• ART4LIFE, Juried Charity Exhibition, Station Museum, Houston
• Summerview 3 Exhibition, Phoenix Tower, Houston
• Small Wonders, St. Lukes Methodist Gallery, Houston
• Black and White, Artists Alive & Well Exhibit, Houston
• VAA 30th Juried Member Exhibition, Catherine Anspon - Juror, Heritage Plaza, Houston
• VAA 2nd Juried Invitational Exhibition, Houston

• Diverse Creations, Betz Gallery, Limited Group Exhibition; Houston
• N-Sight Juried Group Exhibition, Continental Center I, Downtown Houston, Participant, Chair and Curator
• VAA 28th Annual Juried Open Exhibition, Continental Center, Downtown Houston, Honorable Mention

• Gambol - 2010 Juried Open Exhibition, Art League Houston
• 2010 Juried Open Exhibition, Grassroots Art in Action; Houston
• The Neon Show, Austin Details Art + Photo Juried Exhibit, Austin
• Red Hot Art, Group Exhibit, Sculptures by Design, Houston
• Signs of Progress Solo Exhibit, Austin Details Art + Photo; Austin
• SummerView Juried Exhibition, Phoenix Tower; Houston
• New Directions Group Exhibition, Continental Center I; Houston
• Spirit of Spring Exhibition; Houston

• Winter Solstice Juried Exhibition, JP Morgan Heritage Hall; Houston
• The Hunting Art Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Houston
• 2009 City Hall Annex, Houston
• Millennium Tower Exhibition, Houston

• Richeson75, Juried Still Life Exhibition, Kimberly, WI
• "Urban Life" Exhibition, Three Allen Center; Houston

• Wimberley Valley Art League, Juried Group Exhibition, Wimberley, Texas
• Group Exhibition, One Allen Center, Houston
• Juried Group Exhibition, Continental Building, Houston

• Glassell School of Art, Houston; Juried Student Work Exhibition, Intermediate Painting
• Gallery M2, Houston; “Go Figure”, Juried Group Exhibition

• Glassell School of Art, Houston; Juried Student Work Exhibition, Beginning Painting

• Des Moines Art Center; Student Work Exhibition


• Chevron USA, Houston
• Diane Spolum; Fargo, ND
• Charlotte Eddy and Jason Deal, Austin
• Mr. & Mrs. P. Knox, Houston
• Sandra Harper, Houston
• Anonymous, Houston
• Rosalind Speed
• Nancy Grason and Richard Dixon

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