Daniel Sinclair

Founder and owner of DMS Studios LTD.

In 1970, having earned an MFA from Pratt Institute, and having been awarded several prestigious fellowships for his student work, the young Daniel Sinclair conceived the idea of going to Pietrasanta, Italy to discover if there was anything further that he could learn about stone carving in the commercial studios there.

Pietrasanta is a town renowned for its marble quarries and fine stone carving since Roman times. Trudging from studio to studio, portfolio in hand and speaking a rudimentary Italian, Daniel was met by unfailing patience from the Italian craftsmen, but soon found that finding a position there was not to be so easy.

As the weeks went by, he resolved to focus his efforts on what he believed was the premier shop in the town, the studio of Pasquino Pasquini. Eventually, by dint of sheer persistence, he found a position there, that of floor sweeper. While performing this and other duties for which the management deemed him qualified, and assisting the skilled artisans, it began to dawn on him that, in spite of his academic achievements, "I knew nothing about stone, about tools, about craftsmanship.   I knew nothing about art."   Thus began an apprenticeship which was to last for five years.

  • Los Angeles, CA
    • Education:
  • BFA, University of Southern California, cum laude
  • Otis Art Institute
  • MFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • Studio of Pasquini, Pietrasanta, Italy 1970-75
    • Awards:
  • 1970 Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship
  • 1972 Augustus St. Guadens Memorial Fellowship
  • 1976 Elizabeth T. Greenshields Fellowship
  • 1978 Augustus St. Gaudens Memorial Fellowship
  • 1989 Arthur Ross Award from Classical America, NewYork
    • Public Collections:
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
  • Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, NewYork University, NY
  • Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Sarah Lawrence College Art Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
  • Wilshire House Condominiums, Los Angeles, CA
  • Insilco Coporation, Meriden, CT
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, NY
  • Museums at Stony Brook, NY
  • Avery International Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
  • The City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • NYNEX, White Plains, NY
  • The Brooklyn Union Gas Co.
    • Miscelaneous:
  • Interview by NBC Television, 1982.
  • Commission by the City Parks and Recreation Department, NewYork, at Murry Park, Long Island City 1986.
  • Commission by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, New York for the Grand Central Station subway complex, 1987, installed December 1990.
  • Nippon International Contemporary Art Fair, Yokohama, Japan 1992. (NICAF '92) Slide presentation and date book.
  • Performer and technical advisor of the Martin Scorsese Columbia Film "Age of Innocence".
  • Instructor at National Academy of Design.
  • Lectured at Institute of Classical Architecture.
  • Instructor at N.Y. Academy of Art.
  • Lectures for RESTORE Org.
    • Bibliography:
  • Yoskowitz, Robert, Review of exhibition at Alwxander F.Milliken, ARTS, May 1980
  • Architectural Digest, March 1986, "Ventures in Symmetry --Classical Balence in a Manhattan Duplex", Jane Howard reproduction page100.
  • Zelanski, P., Space: Dynamics of Three Dimensional Design, Holt, Rinehart & Wilson, NewYork, 1986.
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    Pietrasanta, Italy

    Bronze Sculpture

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    Marble Sculpture

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    Metal Sculpture

    calacatta fireplace

    Mixed Media