Daniel J Nutt

Daniel Nutt was born in 1994 in Lagrange, IL. In 2017 he received his BA is Studio Arts from Grandview University. Nutt as exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines, IA, along with group exhibitions at the Anderson Gallery, Des Moines, IA. Nutt received his EagleScout award in 2012 and since then he has worked with multiple organizations such as Art Force Iowa, Des Moines, IA as an artist mentor for local youth. He is currently based in Des Moines


Daniel J Nutt is an practicing artist who believes all aspects of life have artistic value and expression. And good art is built through time discipline and determination. My Art becomes an external manifestation of internalized emotions.

Daniel J Nutt attended the Drake University, and is finishing his Undergraduate degree at Grandview University. Daniel's work has been featured in several shows at Drake University and has also been published by periphery their literary and artistic magazine. He was worked with screen prints since 2010 and plans to integrate it into his current textile work. 

For more information on Dan J Nutt's work, Commissions, or public art events feel free to contact him at danjnut@yahoo.com


The external manifestation of internalized emotions: cutting, pinning, stretching and sewing fabrics together, the process calluses the tips of my fingers reflecting my heart after my surreal journey. Anchoring the Fabric over a topographical map created from my recycled materials express the tension my individuality feels as it stretches and adapts over each ridge and valley. Each textile I use is charged with good, bad and ugly memories. Using labels and pockets from clothes I convey the labels we take from others and what we choose to carry with us. Sewing these fabrics together speaks to my own meticulous nature. The individual islands mark different chapter of my life, perhaps unconnected at first, brought together into a larger picture over time. My paintings become reflections of personal development, and the impact of intimate relationships on identity. The irregular format, the play with color and tension in the fabrics, conveys my own abstract understanding of life and the path we take. 

Many of my concerns deal with battling the idea of viewing  myself but other individuals as a commodified object. By Repurposing my old clothes I attempt to reclaim the idea of surface appearance. and speak the the depth held behind our individual fabricated shells.


Dan J Nutt has showed many of his paintings in the local Des moines Area. His paintings manifest themselves in bouts of abstraction. Creating push and pull through paint and transparency he creates large complex images leaving the viewer lost in a sea of color. The complex organic and geometric structures give insight into Dans internal struggle in a reality where technology has become an extension of individual identity.  


Spacial concerns

this piece was created through 7 different multi part sand molds then cast in aluminum. While this was a piece for personal exploration, Im versed in a multitude of different mold making techniques.

Skating and Breaking

Skating is by far my favorite thing in the whole world and for this piece I created a 2 part rubber mold of my personal long board. The board cast in plater was painted to be a replica. After the test ride, however the replica broke. the process was documented with the help of friends

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