Featured Artist Dan Menta

Artist Dan Menta creates stunning black and white images of celebrities and others through the technique he calls “The Art of Removal.” See more  amazing portraits by going to his website.

 

“John Lennon (IMAGINE PEACE)” Acrylic on Clay-board, 2' x 3' by artist Dan Menta. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“John Lennon (IMAGINE PEACE)” Acrylic on Clayboard, 2′ x 3′

 

I’m 52 and I’ve been drawing from the age of five. I began adding different techniques and mediums as I got older until I finally found my true technique and passion—painting with acrylic paint using an airbrush and traditional brushes.

 

“Steven Van Zandt (THE MANY FACES OF Lil STEVEN)” Acrylic on Clay-board, 2' x 3' by artist Dan Menta. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Steven Van Zandt (THE MANY FACES OF Lil STEVEN)” Acrylic on Clayboard, 2′ x 3′

 

I am working on becoming a recognized and successful artist, making my living solely from creating and selling my artwork. I paint on various surfaces—guitars, albums, aluminum and clayboard using my personal custom technique of painting.

 

“Roger Waters (FEAR BUILDS WALLS)” Acrylic on Clay-board, 2' x 3'by artist Dan Menta. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Roger Waters (FEAR BUILDS WALLS)” Acrylic on Clayboard, 2′ x 3′

 

I paint a complete painting with one color—black. I might add a splash of color for a visual pop; highlighting my subject’s eyes or an article of clothing. I map out the foundation of my painting by layering the black in graduating shades. I then erase and scratch out the paint to add texture and to expose the white of my surface to create highlights.

 

Artist Dan Menta working on a new painting - “Bob Marley (TIGER HEART)” Acrylic on Clay-board, 2’ x 3'. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Dan Menta working on a new painting – “Bob Marley (TIGER HEART)” Acrylic on Clayboard, 2’ x 3′

 

As the painting starts to progress and come to life, I add and remove paint softly bringing out its tonal values. I continue erasing and scratching, going back and forth, adding and subtracting black paint for more texture and highlights until I am satisfied with the finished painting. I call my unique technique, “The Art of Removal.”

 

“Marilyn Monroe (THE TRUE MARILYN)” Acrylic on Clay-board, 2' x 3' by artist Dan Menta. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Marilyn Monroe (THE TRUE MARILYN)” Acrylic on Clay-board, 2′ x 3′

 

Lately I’ve been using my black and white with a splash of color technique to portray famous singers and bands, sometimes directly on their record albums.

 

"Kiss" (DOUBLE PLATINUM), Acrylic on Vinyl, 12" round by artist Dan Menta. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Kiss” (DOUBLE PLATINUM), Acrylic on Vinyl, 12″ round

 

First, I protect the albums label with a mask, then I spray the black album with a white primer to create a base for the transferred penciled image which I paint from.

 

“DJ Funk Flex (HEY YOU)” Acrylic on Clay-board, 2' x 3'by artist Dan Menta. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“DJ Funk Flex (HEY YOU)” Acrylic on Clayboard, 2′ x 3′

 

I start by mapping out the image using my painting technique and try to incorporate part of the painting over a section of the album’s label.

 

“Michael Jackson (THE MAN IN THE MIRROR)” Acrylic on Clay-board, 2' x 3'

“Michael Jackson (THE MAN IN THE MIRROR)” Acrylic on Clayboard, 2′ x 3′

 

When the album is complete, I spray a final clear coat over the finished album to protect it. I place the album cover, along with the painted album, in a glass and wood shadow box frame.

 

“Sinatra (THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD)” Acrylic on Aluminum, 2' x 4'by artist Dan Menta. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sinatra (THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD)” Acrylic on Aluminum, 2′ x 4′

 

I get enormous pleasure and satisfaction when I start with a blank white surface, and slowly bring to life a painting of a recognizable image from our past or present, and then watch my customer’s face when they see their completed painting. This gives me the inspiration to paint my next painting project or commission.

 

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