Dan Dunn – Paint Jam
Dan Dunn has a background in painting, design and caricature spanning 30 years. He has won numerous national awards and been commissioned and drawn many famous people during that time. He has drawn caricatures for former President George H. W. Bush, Sting (Gordon Sumner), Jimmy Buffett, Joe Theisman, Fran Tarkenton, Ray Childress, Warren Moon, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, to name a few. His painting commemorating the brave men and women of the Columbia shuttle mission hangs at NASA.
Dan studied painting at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He specialized in oil painting and watercolor and also enjoyed sculpture and life drawing. He started drawing caricatures at Six Flags, Astroworld in 1977 as a college student. He worked 9 seasons and became the artist trainer.
He worked in the advertising/graphic design business but left to devote himself to caricatures full time in 1989 forming a caricature artist talent agency, Caricatures Ink. Dan soon found himself drawing for over 200 events per year, with people waiting in line for hours at events… he feels that knows how to draw a face!
Dan was looking for a way to meet his families growing needs. His wife asked him what his plan was? He replied that he was going to rent a storage warehouse, drape it in plastic and throw some paint! She never wavered in her support. 23 years together and still going strong! Dan had amazing success right from the beginning which led to being part of a stage show in Atlantic City, Dan’s daughter posted video from the show on YouTube where it received millions of hits and gained Dan worldwide attention.
Dan was inspired by the world renowned painter Denny Dent. Denny passed away at 55 years young in the prime of his career. Dan is finding his own voice within this fascinating new genre of performance art.
Dan has appeared on numerous local news shows worldwide and has appeared on The Ellen Show and The Carson Daly Show.
He has performed all over the world painting such dignitaries as:
Sir Richard Branson
John Paul DeJoria
Turkish Prime Minister: Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The Late Sheikh Zayed in Abu Dhabi
He has opened or appeared with:
John Paul DeJoria
Shaquille O’ Neil
The Plain White T’s
A few notable corporate clients:
Perrier Joulet Champagne
Infinity (Qatar, UAE)
Benjamin Moore Paint
Blue Wave Boats
John Paul Mitchell Systems
Four Seasons Hotel
Dan has also performed extensively for Sports teams, Charities, Festivals, and Universities.