Melody in Isolation, David Urban, 2020

Urban, David
Melody in Isolation, 2020 
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm)

Music Lesson, David Urban, 2018

Urban, David
Music Lesson, 2018 
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

 

Seven Outlets, David Urban, 2016

Urban, David
Seven Outlets, 2016 
oil on canvas
72 x 144 in. (182.9 x 365.8 cm)

Amplifier #7, David Urban, 2016

Urban, David

Amplifier #7, 2016

oil and acrylic on canvas

6 x 4 ft. (1.8 x 1.2 m)

I'm Yours, David Urban, 2015

Urban, David

I'm Yours, 2015

oil on canvas

7 x 6 ft. (2.1 x 1.8 m)

Unknown RBG, David Urban, 1996/2003

Urban, David
Unknown RBG, 1996/2003 
oil on canvas
60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm)

Innisfree (study), David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Innisfree (study), 2012

acrylic on canvas

60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.92 cm)

Study for Joseph's Dream, 3rd Version, David Urban, 1997

Urban, David

Study for Joseph's Dream, 3rd Version, 1997

oil on canvas

59 3/4 x 47 3/4 in. (151.77 x 121.29 cm)

 

untitled 4, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

untitled 4, 2011

oil and acrylic on canvas

24 x 36 in. (61 x 91 cm)

Oval No.2, David Urban, 2013

Urban, David

Oval No.2, 2013

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76 cm)

Oval No.3, David Urban, 2013

Urban, David

Oval No.3, 2013

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76 cm)

Green Square, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

Green Square, 2011

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Sorrowful Being, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

Sorrowful Being, 2011

oil on canvas

30 x 60 in. (76 x 152 cm)

Former Self, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

Former Self, 2011

oil on canvas

40 x 30 in. (100 x 76 cm)

Almond tree, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

Almond tree, 2011

oil on canvas

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

Almond tree #2, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

Almond tree #2, 2011

oil on canvas

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

Same Stare, Different Thought, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

Same Stare, Different Thought, 2011

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

Portrait of Kathleen Munn, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

Portrait of Kathleen Munn, 2011

oil on canvas

40 x 30 in. (100 x 76 cm)

The Materials, David Urban, 2011

Urban, David

The Materials, 2011

oil on canvas

30 x 60 in. (76 x 152 cm)

Kepler 2, David Urban, 2009

Urban, David

Kepler 2, 2009

acrylic on canvas

24 x 18 in. (61 x 46 cm)

untitled, David Urban, 2009

Urban, David

untitled, 2009

oil on canvas

5 x 6 ft. (1.5 x 1.8 m)

untitled, David Urban, 2009

Urban, David

untitled, 2009

oil on canvas

5 x 6 ft. (1.5 x 1.8 m)

untitled, David Urban, 2009

Urban, David

untitled, 2009

oil on canvas

6 x 5 ft. (1.8 x 1.5 m)

untitled, David Urban, 2009

Urban, David

untitled, 2009

oil on canvas

6 x 5 ft. (1.8 x 1.5 m)

untitled, David Urban, 2008

Urban, David

untitled, 2008

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

untitled, David Urban, 2006-07

Urban, David

untitled, 2006-07

acrylic and oil on canvas

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

untitled, David Urban, 2005

Urban, David

untitled, 2005

oil on linen

20 x 16 in. (51 x 41 cm)

Abstraction Elegy #2, David Urban, 2005

Urban, David

Abstraction Elegy #2, 2005

oil on linen

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

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).