Daniel M. Finch

Associate Professor of Visual Art

Messiah College
One College Avenue, Grantham, PA 17027
(717) 766-2511 ext: 7111


3944 Brookridge Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

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My paintings are an active attempt to manually rebuild a mechanical image distorted and degraded by the processes of automation and transmission.

Through my physical interaction, my greatest hope for both myself and my viewer is a reconnection with the primacy and energy of the initial event portrayed. It is no accident that the majority of my subject matter is taken from modern archetypal characters and events, whether historic or mythical: King Kong, Evel Knievel, Bruce Lee, etc. They were, for better or worse, powerful symbols for a young boy growing up in the wake of the sexual revolution, in the post-Vietnam 70’s.

My images are, in great part, a search for the remnants of masculine identity among the media icons of my generation.


Daniel M. Finch was born in 1971 in Orlando Florida, the same year that Disneyworld opened its doors. Childhood was spent in various states including Virginia and Maryland before settling in Augusta Georgia. His formative years were spent balancing the rigors of Type 1 Diabetes with competitive BMX riding. The son of a sculptor, Finch attended Augusta State University to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He later earned his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia in Athens. He now lives in a suburb of Harrisburg, PA, with his wife Carrie, and their two children, Mira and Dominic. His work has been exhibited extensively across the country as well as internationally, most recently in Alfred New York, and featured numerous times in the national publication, New American Paintings. Daniel Finch is currently Professor of Painting and Drawing at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.