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His art is tragically beautiful. But he can't get out of homelessness

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San Francisco homeless artist Daniel McClenon
San Francisco homeless artist Daniel McClenon
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Daniel McClenon’s art stops people in their tracks.

As he sits on the sidewalk in downtown San Francisco, hunched over his latest drawing, passers-by pause to exclaim at the skill he uses to capture heartbreakingly beautiful moments. Under his hand, a black and white drawing of Michelangelo’s famous Pieta — a sculpture of a lifeless Jesus in the lap of his grieving mother — takes shape in such realistic detail that it’s hard to believe it’s not a photograph. His portrait of an elderly homeless man captures eyes that shine with a tragic glimmer of hope as they look to the sky. This spring, McClenon got his first big break when his work was featured in a solo exhibition sponsored by a local nonprofit.

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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