Daniel Leighton is an Augmented Reality artist, iPad painter, filmmaker, and technologist who creates art that delves into the deepest parts of the human psyche, while exploring the possibilities of technology and human emotion being harnessed for the greater good. Having Crohn’s Disease since birth, Leighton went through countless invasive procedures, hospitalizations and surgeries. The pain and suffering he experienced helped drive him to dive deep into a lifelong quest to understand the workings of his body and his emotions. These have become revered roadmaps as he creates his paintings, emotional portraits with simple lines and brilliant colors which capture complex states of the human psyche. Leighton adds Augmented Reality (AR) to his paintings by combining his backgrounds in filmmaking and computer programming. Using the Daniel Leighton Art + AR app, Daniel’s AR-enhanced paintings come to life with animation, video, sound and interactivity. L.A. Weekly Arts Editor, Shana Nys Dambrot, says Daniel’s app, “turns your device into a viewing portal into what it is tempting to describe as a parallel universe.” Leighton graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley where he was a Regents and Chancellors Scholar. After graduating, Daniel worked for Internet pioneer c|net and co-founded a couple of other tech companies whose clients included Intel, Paramount Pictures and Sun Microsystems. Over the last decade, has been primarily focused on his art, presenting and exhibiting at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Apple Store, the LA Center for Digital Art, and the Pacific Film Archive, among many other venues. In addition, Daniel’s work has been featured by Timothy Potts, Director of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, as well as, curators from MoCA and LACMA.
Daniel’s Creative Healing: mindful movement/dance, drawing, painting, listening to music, creating films, animations, apps and more