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Dorian CleavengerSince his earliest years, Dorian has demonstrated an almost uncanny degree of artistic talent with a unique and distinctive blend of creativity to his images. Starting as a child with the usual array of dinosaurs and monsters done in a different and highly individualistic manner , he soon departed from the conventional constraints of traditional representations by embellishing his subjects with individualized touches pulled from his rich imagination while retaining a degree of contact with realism sufficient to allow the viewer to associate his depictions with a solid base in the familiar world.
Born in Massachusetts, Dorian grew up in New Jersey where, during his school years, he gained a reputation not only for his artistic abilities, but as well for his inquisitive nature, acute powers of retention of detail, information and observational as well as analytical qualities….all of which have proven to enhance and complement his artistic expressions. Immediately upon graduation from high school, he applied and was accepted into the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts; although it was to be a short romance. After a few weeks he quit the school out of frustration: it seemed the classes weren’t sufficiently challenging and he was enveloped in boredom. One example was the required class on Perspective, the technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. At the end of class, the teacher sharply criticized the students’ results, indicating and showing Dorian’s as the only accurately drawn example. Though he said nothing then, he admitted to his family that he just drew it by gut feeling and didn’t bother with the theory of measurement of angles, vanishing points, etc. He also said it took away from the creativity of drawing and made it into an exact science, and that in art, if it looks right, then it is right. Evidently he had been observing on his own for years how perspective naturally appeared and simply employed it on his own assignment.
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