Love of the Real, Gaudium of Being, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Gaudium of Being, 2014

oil on canvas

6 x 4 ft. (1.8 x 1.2 m)

Love of the Real, Love of the Real, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Love of the Real, 2014

oil on canvas

5 x 4 ft. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Love of the Real, Ode to Diminishment, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Ode to Diminishment, 2014

oil on canvas

6 x 4 ft. (1.8 x 1.2 m)

Pale Fire, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Pale Fire, 2014

oil on canvas

6 x 4 ft. (1.8 x 1.2 m)

Love of the Real, Self's the Man, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Self's the Man, 2014

oil on canvas

5 x 4 ft. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Love of the Real, The Highest Night, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, The Highest Night, 2014

oil on canvas

4 x 3 ft. (1.2 x 0.9 m)

Love of the Real, Beyond the Bright Cartoons, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Beyond the Bright Cartoons, 2014

oil on canvas

4 x 5 ft. (1.2 x 1.5 m)

Young Beauty, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Young Beauty, 2014

oil on canvas

4 x 3 ft. (1.2 x 0.9 m)

Dominant Blank, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Dominant Blank, 2014

oil on canvas

4 x 5 ft. (1.2 x 1.5 m)

The Little Lives of Earth and Form, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, The Little Lives of Earth and Form, 2014

oil on canvas

3 x 4 ft. (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Study #3, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Study #3, 2014

oil and acrylic on paper

30 x 22 in. (76 x 56 cm)

Study #1, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Study #1, 2014

oil and acrylic on paper

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

Study #2, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Study #2, 2014

oil and acrylic on paper

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

Study #4, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Study #4, 2014

oil and acrylic on paper

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

Study #5, David Urban, 2014

Urban, David

Love of the Real, Study #5, 2014

oil and acrylic on paper

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

 

Love of the Real, 2014

 

Love of the Real paintings are meditations on mortality and ephemerality expressed through a reduced colour vocabulary. In subtle variations of rhythm and form, each work engages the next in philosophical thought. The works play with perception, creating a multiplicity of vantage points and pathways. Between abstraction and representation, David Urban delves into the metaphysical, taking another step in an endless investigation into how and why we perceive images.

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).