Dan McCarthy (1962, Honolulu, Hawaii) paints isolated figures, naked or dressed in swimwear. Often set against a monochrome background these paintings are concentrated depictions of the human figure. The paintings' thin layers of paint allow subtle fluctuations of hue and intensity reminiscing of light and water. The portrayed men and women pose in strangely statuary poses. They are often held in the primary colors blue and red. Both effects lend an eccentricity to Dan McCarthy's paintings, which is contradicted by the matter-of-factness with which his characters look back at the spectator.

Dan McCarthy studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. His exhibitions include galleries like Anton Kern, New York (2014), Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp (2014), Blondeau & Cie, Geneva (2013), The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn (2011), Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (2009). McCarthy also published several monographs among which 'Dan McCarthy' (2007) produced by Annet Gelink Gallery and Hassla Books with support of Anton Kern Gallery, New York.