Artist Presentation

Born in Freeport, Illinois in 1966, Daniel Ketelhut is an emerging painter who currently resides in Southern California. Daniel graduated in 1990 from San Diego State University with a BA in Art, emphasis in studio art, and was recognized with distinction in his major. The otherworldly subject matter of Daniel's imaginative, colorful paintings is largely self-generated and speaks to unconscious longings and motivations. In addition to his formal education, Daniel is self-taught, which he considers to be just as important.

Additionally, he has participated in the Art Pulse Mentor Program, in which he was counseled by local luminaries of the art world, including McLean Emenegger and Peter Frank. Daniel's work has been seen in several solo exhibitions as well as numerous group shows both locally and nationally. His work is included in both national and international private collections.

Artist Statement

My art explores the realization that the world we find ourselves in – the world which seems familiar to us, with its shared opinions, customs, and traditions – is, at bottom, unfamiliar and foreign. We all have the persistent idea, nagging and tugging at the back of our minds that there is more to this than meets the eye – other perspectives just out of reach. The resulting desire to at least temporarily throw off the limitations of the everyday has afforded artists and visionaries throughout the ages with a field of exploration like no other.I am both proud and humbled to be part of this tradition.



2012 Recent Paintings by Daniel Ketelhut, 98 Bottles, San Diego California
2011 Imagination Rules the World, Main Street 5 Gallery, El Cajon, California
2011 Daniel Ketelhut, Alchemy, San Diego, California
1996 Drawings and Paintings, Borders Books and Music, San Diego, California
1995 Nostalgia For Things Not Remembered, Oasis Cafe, El Cajon, California
1994 Paintings by Daniel Ketelhut, Bountiful Books, San Diego, California


2017 SURREALISM - Unconscious Reality, Meyer Fine Art, San Diego, California
2016 50 to Watch, The Studio Door, San Diego, California
2016 30 Artists on 30th Street, Ashton Gallery, San Diego, California
2016 Resonance, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, California
2015 Wandering in the Dream Field, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, California
2014 Daniel Ketelhut-Guest Artist, Arts council of Big Bear Gallery, Big Bear, California
2014 Real Surreal, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, California
2014 Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition and Exhibition, Finalist
2014 Momentum, Pulse Gallery, San Diego, California
2013 Daniel Ketelhut & Barbara duBois, Rancho San Diego Library, San Diego, California
2013 Oil & Glass, Pulse Gallery, San Diego, California
2013 Under the Influence, Curated by Peter Frank, Pulse Gallery, San Diego, California
2013 AbStRact Art Show, Main Street 5 Gallery, El Cajon, California
2013 8 Year Anniversary Celebration, Distinction gallery, Escondido, California
2011 Father, Pulse Gallery, San Diego, California
2011 Local Art, Loma Cafe, San Diego, California
2011 Studio Artist, Distinction Gallery, Escondido, California
2011 Detour SD, Kava Lounge, San Diego, California
2009 Art, Music & Wine Festival, Valley View Casino, Valley Center, California
2007 Paintings and Drawings, Artisans Gallery and More, Escondido, California
2002 Local Artists on View, Philosophical Library, Escondido, California
1996 2nd Annual National Pastel Show, La Fond Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1992 Humanitarian Portraiture, Oak Park Library, San Diego, California


2016 The Woven Tale Press, Vol. IV #9
2016 50 to Watch, Presented by The Studio Door
2016 30 Artists on 30th Street Vol 1, Ashton Gallery