Published: February 19, 2002
BOSTON, MASS. – The upcoming exhibition at Pepper Gallery, 38 Newbury Street, will be a solo show of new paintings by Boston artist Michael David, the fourth such show for the artist at the gallery.
David’s atmospheric paintings eloquently combine a formal interest in both representational and abstract elements with a desire to invest his work with elusive qualities of mood. Painted solely from imagination and memory, his monochromatic compositions are imbued with an emotional immediacy often lost in direct observation.
His new work, a continuation of his investigation into landscape painting, exemplifies his talent in creating fine detail coupled with a sublime treatment of light. To achieve this signature effect, David uses an additive/reductive technique, skillfully wiping away layers of paint to expose white gesso underneath.
David’s new paintings are a combination of his color “field” landscapes and black and white nighttime scenes. The exuberance of his field landscapes is contrasted with the quietness of the night landscapes, encompassing the artist’s memories and experiences on visits to the New England countryside.
David’s work resides in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, and the Boston Public Library.
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