Actual Fiction, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Actual Fiction, 2007

acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 in. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Idiom of the Hero, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Idiom of the Hero, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Encounter with Professor E, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Encounter with Professor E, 2007

mixed media

24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm)

Encounter with Professor K, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Encounter with Professor K, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

48 x 60 in. (1.2 x 1.5 m)

House of Blues, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, House of Blues, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Bicycle and the Tree, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Bicycle and the Tree, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Tree on Paper, David Urban, 2006

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Tree on Paper, 2006

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 60 in. (0.8 x 1.5 m)

untitled, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, untitled, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm)

untitled, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David,

Actual Fiction, untitled, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

untitled, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, untitled, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)

untitled, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, untitled, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

Untitled(G), David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(G), 2007

mixed media

18 x 20 in. (45.7 x 50.8 cm)

Untitled(H), David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(H), 2007

mixed media

24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm)

Untitled(A), David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(A), 2007

mixed media

17 x 15 in. (43.2 x 38.1 cm)

Untitled(C), David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(C), 2007

mixed media

17 x 15 in. (43.2 x 38.1 cm)

Untitled(B), David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(B), 2007

mixed media

15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm)

Untitled(D), David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(D), 2007

mixed media

15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm)

Untitled(E), David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(E), 2007

mixed media

15 x 17 in. (38.1 x 43.2 cm)

Untitled(I), David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Untitled(I), 2007

mixed media

18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm)

Vale Phonics #1, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Vale Phonics #1, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)

Vale Phonics #2, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Vale Phonics #2, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)

Vale Phonics #3, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Vale Phonics #3, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

Vale Phonics #4, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Vale Phonics #4, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)

Innisfree, David Urban, 2007

Urban, David

Actual Fiction, Innisfree, 2007

acrylic and oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Actual Fiction, 2007

 

Actual Fiction is characterized by David Urban’s poetic abstraction. This body of work radically ties together the disparate lineages of Abstract Expressionist painting, the De Stijl movement, Russian Constructivists, and the Chinese calligraphic tradition. The works share a distinctive vocabulary of looping ribbons and dramatic use of brushed ink and spray-paint. Urban’s improvisations in line and colour signal both the dissonance and poetry of our state of being.

The work of David Urban is defined by bold collisions of line and shape, clashing tones, and kinetic brushstrokes. His dynamic paintings are built layer upon layer, incorporating the traditions of still life and landscape, abstraction and realism. His practice studies the physical presence of sound, with a strong sense of connectivity and rhythmical structure. Urban's rhythmic geometries conjure up networks of boards, beams, or girders that in combination with his gestural forms pursue an endless investigation into how and why we perceive images.

 

Urban is deeply engaged in the history and methodology of paint and in the act of painting itself. Strong brushstrokes and charcoal drawing are bedded within thickly applied paint. His work explores the interplay between representation and abstraction, simultaneously presenting two disparate threads of modern painting.

A true Renaissance man, Urban has spent his life studying histories of art, literature, and music. He completed both of his undergraduate degrees at York University in 1989, earning a BA in English Literature and a BFA in Painting and Drawing. He received two graduate degrees: a Masters in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor in 1992 and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Guelph in 1994.
 
Over his career, Urban has had more than 40 solo exhibitions, including a presentation at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and participated in nearly 40 group exhibitions at galleries and institutions, such as MOCA Toronto (Toronto, ON), Shanghai Art Museum (Shanghai, China), Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC), Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne (La Terrasse, France), Galerie René Blouin (Montreal, QC), and Sable-Castelli Gallery (Toronto, ON). His work has been acquired by numerous private and public collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON), Musée des Beaux Arts (Montreal, QC), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON).