Tin Man’s Lantern, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
Tin Man’s Lantern, 2018
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

The Dream of the Page, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
The Dream of the Page, 2018
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

Lonely Boy, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
Lonely Boy, 2018
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

The Poet William Wordsworth, David Urban, 2019

David Urban
The Poet William Wordsworth, 2019
oil on canvas on board
18 x 36 in. (45.7 x 91.4 cm)

The Dream of the Branch, David Urban, 2019

David Urban
The Dream of the Branch, 2019
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

The Dream of the Kite, David Urban, 2019

David Urban
The Dream of the Kite, 2019
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

The Finding at Taye, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
The Finding at Taye, 2018
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

The Pool of Taye, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
The Pool of Taye, 2018
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

North by Northwest, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
North by Northwest, 2018
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

The Precious Book, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
The Precious Book, 2018
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

The Descent, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
The Descent, 2018
oil on canvas on board
24 x 48 in. (61 x 121.9 cm)

Radio Flyer, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
Radio Flyer, 2018
oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 48 in. (92.7 x 121.9 cm)

River, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
River, 2018 
oil on canvas
83 3/4 x 71 3/4 in. (212.7 x 182.2 cm)

To Light the Highest Candle, David Urban, 2019

David Urban
To Light the Highest Candle, 2019
oil on canvas on board
72 x 48 in. (182.9 x 121.9 cm)

Dream of the Porcelain Bird, David Urban, 2019

David Urban
Dream of the Porcelain Bird, 2019
oil on canvas on board
48 x 42 in. (121.9 x 106.7 cm)

Portrait of Tom Thomson, David Urban, 2019

David Urban
Portrait of Tom Thomson, 2019
oil on canvas on board
83 3/4 x 71 3/4 in. (212.7 x 182.2 cm)

Portrait of the Artist, David Urban, 2018

David Urban
Portrait of the Artist, 2018
oil on canvas
60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm)

Summer Key, David Urban, 2017

David Urban
Summer Key, 2017
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm)

High Window, David Urban, 2017

David Urban
High Window, 2017
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm)

David Urban
Lafontaine Receding, 2018
oil on paper
22 x 29 1/2 in. (55.9 x 74.9 cm)

David Urban
The Dream of the River I, 2019 
oil on paper
29 3/4 x 22 in. (75.6 x 55.9 cm)

David Urban
The Dream of the River II, 2019 
oil on paper
29 3/4 x 22 in. (75.6 x 55.9 cm)

 

Lonely Boy, 2018-2019

 

In his series Lonely Boy, David Urban invites the viewer into his ritual of going to the cottage. He shares love of the country and his time in it. The artist appears as the abstracted figure reading, listening to music or sleeping under the trees. The leaf shapes indicate the trees, the blue squares become the water, and the time of day is indicated by the colour choice of the sky and ground. The artist plays with our imagination of reading out of doors, listening to music, falling asleep under the deep sun, or waking just at sunset. 

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).