On the brighter side: Dan Fenelon brings iCandy to Morristown

STRIKING RESEMBLANCE: Artist Dan Fenelon has a one-man show at the Gallery at 14 Maple, through February 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
STRIKING RESEMBLANCE: Artist Dan Fenelon has a one-man show at the Gallery at 14 Maple, through February 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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National headlines have been heavy lately. If you could use a smile, try some iCandy.

Dan Fenelon’s new one-man exhibit runs through Feb. 15, 2018, at the Gallery at 14 Maple in Morristown.

Fantastic creatures, vibrant colors and playful whimsy course through these paintings and sculptures, which can be seen on weekdays during business hours. Admission is free.

“My work is a response to the dissatisfaction in the world today. I have seen firsthand how art can transform people, places and neighborhoods. My goal is to create art that inspires and uplifts,” Fenelon says in the iCandy liner notes.

The Morristown artist has created murals for the Montclair Art Museum and the Dalai Lama’s visit to Newark, among other projects.

He has emblazoned his Aztec-like characters on sneakers, pants and surfboards; worked with clients including Major League Baseball and Atlantic Health; and mentored students at Morristown High School.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin:

Dan Fenelon with his artistic offspring, at his Morris Arts one-man show, Sept. 28, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Dan Fenelon artwork on display at the Gallery at 14 Maple. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sculpture by Morristown artist Dan Fenelon, on display at the Gallery at 14 Maple. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sneakers decorated by Morristown artist Dan Fenelon, modeled by Richard Smith III, Sept. 28, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Richard Smith III likes his Dan Fenelon sneakers. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Decorative surfboards, by Morristown artist Dan Fenelon. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Artist Dan Fenelon with his sister Pam, an art teacher at Livingston High School. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
STRIKING RESEMBLANCE: Artist Dan Fenelon has a one-man show at the Gallery at 14 Maple, through February 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Trained at the Arts Student League in New York and the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Fenelon cites mythology, 1980s neo-expressionism, and artists A.R. Penck and Keith Haring as inspirations.

It’s all a matter of synthesizing disparate influences to forge a unique artistic voice, he says.

“You need a foundation of styles to work off of,” Fenelon says. “You can expand from there.”

Wild characters predated Fenelon’s formal education, according to his sister Pam Fenelon, an art teacher at Livingston High School.

“Dan was born with a pen in his hand. He’s been drawing since he was 5 years old,” she says. “Art kept him out of trouble.”

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