AWI: Dan Springer -Caricature Artist

Name: Dan Springer
City & State: Nyack, NY

Medium: Acrylic, colored pencil, pencil, watercolor
Known for: Caricatures

The New York Times
The Village Voice
Newsweek Online
The Asbury Park Press
Avenue Magazine
The Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy

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did the opportunity for you to have your work in the Faces & Names Restaurant
I used to work every day
in Central Park in NYC and the owners of the Bar/Restaurant, Faces and Names
came by and liked my work.  They wanted
ideas for their new bar, which hadn’t opened yet.  I initially just had work up in the recessed
squares in the ceiling above the actual bar, and made a small bar for them out
of wood.  Then, they wanted ideas for the
walls, and I suggested putting up work I had already done, temporarily.  After a couple Months, when I wanted to take
the work back, they offered to buy them all and keep them.  Through the years (20 years now), they have
commissioned me to do new ones. 

Do you only create caricatures or are there other
types of artistic styles you create?
  In addition to caricatures, I do
landscapes, figure drawing, and a concept-driven figurative type of painting,
where there is usually an idea behind it- and usually created out of my head-
without references.

Do you feel that artists have the control of
their careers to pursue opportunities such as what you have done? Or do they
need a management team to handle this kind of responsibility?
depends on the artist.  I’ve done it all
myself, but it’s no picnic.  I wish I had
a management team!  I can’t even
What does starving artist mean to you?  An artist
who needs food.
Do you mentor other artists to guide them in the
proper directions to help the careers?
  I do my best when asked, and
right now, I have one student, who I teach caricature to over Skype once a
Who is/was your mentor coming up in the trenches
of the art scene?
  Probably. Steve Brodner over everybody, but I
had a couple good teachers from art school as well.
Do any of the celebrities own their caricatures
that you created of them?
  Sarah Silverman has 3 caricatures in print
form that I did for her, Brian Posehn has the original caricature I did of him,
and Bill Clinton, Katie Couric, and Andre Agassi have quick ones that I did of
them(unless they’ve thrown them out by now…)
Do you find it easy to live as a professional
artist? Do you feel that artists should have an alternative plan or career
rather than being a professional artist?
  It’s never been easy; it’s a
constant struggle, so I would say if you want to live a “normal” life, it can
be difficult.  But the rewards can
possibly be great as well, so it’s a trade-off. 
I guess it couldn’t hurt to have an alternative plan just in case.   I used to work in the Fashion Industry to
make a living, and I always thought I could fall back on it if I really needed
to (even though I hated it).  Now, I’ve
been out of that industry for so long, I’m not sure I could ever go back.

Are there any artist that you idolize and/or
respect? Both living and/or deceased.
  Soooo many.  Just a few: 
Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt,
John Singer Sargent, John Zorn, Degas, Salvador Dali’, Lucian Freud, Jenny
Saville, Neo Rauch.
What words of encouragement do you have other
artists for them to pursue their professional path?
  Do it if
you love it, and keep exploring creative ways of making a living, so you can
make money and do your own work.  I’m
still working on it as well…