Hello Hratch, Daniel Brush has a wife and son. His wife has been
completely supportive. Several influential collectors and connoisseurs
have purchased his work over the years. He has been able, as a result
of this support, to hole up and concentrate on his work.
If you’ve read the essays in DANIEL BRUSH: GOLD WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
you’ll get a feel for how “zen” he is about his work. He gets in the
mood by spending a couple of hours a day sweeping his studio. He
doesn’t like change and chaos. He’s eaten Cheerios every day for
breakfast for over 20 years. He’s eaten pea soup for lunch everyday
for 20+ years. His “Second Dome” piece has 78,000 hand-made gold
granules that are accurate to within .0001 inch. It took over 600
hours and after he set up the granules, he waited another 2 years
before he was able to muster up the fortitude to fuse the granules.
He makes his own chisels for all of those fabulous steel containers.
The chisel needs to be sharpened every three strikes so you can
imagine how much time it takes to texture those surfaces.
The man is so obsessed to the point of mania. His wife must be
extremely patient and probably feels privileged to share her life with
this man. How else do you explain her staying with him for decades.
I have met women who have chosen to be the helpmates and enablers of
artists. They have sublimated their needs to satisfy their mate’s
needs and take joy and pride in their mate’s accomplishments.
Personally, I couldn’t do that.
I envy that you got to see the actual exhibit. I’ve only had the
book to drool over.