72: Daniel Funkhouser

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives

Daniel Funkhouser
Daniel Funkhouser swears his last name is indeed his real last name -- he just lucked out. The local artist was born in Phoenix and is currently a member of Downtown's eye lounge, a contemporary art space.

"I loved to draw as a child, learned a variety of printmaking techniques in high school, studied Painting at ASU, and have continued to learn, experiment, and play with new mediums like photography, performance, and whatever unusual materials I can find," he says. "My work is predominantly self-portraiture, but I enjoy working with other people and plan to start using more friends and models in future pieces."

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Daniel Funkhouser
Inevitable Plastic Explosions, scanned by Druidian Arts Foundation
I came to Phoenix with . . . I was born here (Good Samaritan Hospital) but grew up in North Phoenix. As I became more acquainted with the pockets of artists, musicians, and weirdos downtown, it's felt like a much different city from where I was raised. I came here with a new understanding of where I was born.

I make art because . . . I've made it a long time and it still makes sense to me. Making and consuming art has always enriched my life.

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Daniel Funkhouser
I'm most productive when . . . I'm trying out something new. Deadlines are great motivators too, but what gets me excited and into the studio is a new idea or project.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . my friends' art. The back wall of my studio is artwork I've collected, mostly through trade. It's great having art I like by people I like around my workspace.

I've learned the most from . . . saying "Yes." It leads to many opportunities, collaborations, and fun stories. The successes are great and often pay off in surprising ways. There are also a lot of failures, but at least I can take advantage and learn from them.

Good work should always . . . be a punch in the gut - something that shakes a person up and stays with them.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . crazy things. All the time. There's never too much.

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Daniel Funkhouser
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque

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