Imitating Life: Posing questions to local artist Danelle Wulc

“Parody,” gouache

“Parody,” gouache

Cory Bilicko
Managing Editor

If you happen to read this column each week, you may already know that I’m assembling a group of artists for a late-summer art show I’m curating at Greenly Art Space in Signal Hill. Many of the artists I’ve invited to partake are folks I already knew, including some I’d already profiled in this weekly feature.
However, I thought it would be fun, and a bit adventurous, to embark into the unpredictable realm of Craigslist to find an artist about which I know absolutely nothing– a wild card.
I clicked on the link for “artists” and viewed a few creations by locals, but it wasn’t until I saw the work of Danelle Wulc that I knew I’d found the one I wanted.
She’d done portraits of some musicians I happen to love, but there was a sophistication to her style and point-of-view that I also found compelling.
I contacted her, we met up, and she’s in!

Danelle Wulc

Danelle Wulc

Originally from Harbor City, the 29-year-old artist grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, moved to Palos Verdes at age 16 and has been on her own ever since. She now lives in Long Beach, where she’s resided for nine years.
She studied art at Cal State Long Beach, where she displayed some of her work, as well as showing at Berlin coffee shop, Songbird store on 4th Street and the Aquarium of the Pacific’s “Night Dive” event.

What tends to be your most frequent subject matter and why?
Animals, surreal images, darker imagery, people, because that’s what catches my eye and inspires me.

How would you describe your point-of-view as an artist?

I feel art just is anything and everything; it’s what makes me so alive and what I am most passionate about.

“Creature,” gouache and watercolor

“Creature,” gouache and watercolor

What is your favorite piece of art that you have created?
That’s a hard question. I have a series of drawings of animal heads on human bodies that I am very happy with and love, but there’s a lot of things I’ve done that I love.

What is one of your favorite works of art that another artist has created?
Anything Salvador Dalí. He’s one of my biggest inspirations.

What are you currently working on?
Silhouette portraits with abstract backgrounds, two paintings I started years ago that are surreal in imagery I need to finish, painting on skateboard decks, a commissioned painting and a piece for an upcoming show I’ll be in. There’s never just one thing I’m working on.

“Androgyny,” graphite  and watercolor

“Androgyny,” graphite
and watercolor

Wulc can be contacted at and found on Instagram as “tattoosillustrate.”

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