The Riven Branch, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David
The Riven Branch, diptych, 2012 
oil on canvas
72 x 120 in. (183 x 305 cm)

Sunno, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David
Sunno, 2012 
oil on canvas
60 x 40 in. (152.5 x 101.5 cm)

 

The Water Image, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

The Water Image, 2012

oil on canvas

72 x 180 in. (183 x 457 cm)

Time's Mirror, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Time's Mirror, 2012

oil on canvas

36 x 48 in. (91.5 x 122 cm)

Stoner Creek David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Stoner Creek, 2012

oil on canvas

36 x 48 in. (91.5 x 122 cm)

The Window Key, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

The Window Key, 2012

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91.5 cm)

Urban, David

The Litter of Truth #2, 2012

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

The Cabin and the Lake, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

The Cabin and the Lake, 2012

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

Bitter Fisherman, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Bitter Fisherman, 2012

oil on canvas

40 x 30 in. (100 x 76 cm)

Dissembling Figure #2, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Dissembling Figure #2, 2012

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Recognition Dissolve, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Recognition Dissolve, 2012

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Parable of the Dove, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Parable of the Dove, 2012

oil on canvas

8 x 10 ft. (2.4 x 3 m)

The Eye as Dove, David Urban, 2002-2012

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, 2002-2012

oil on canvas

8 x 10 ft. (2.4 x 3 m)

A Bell in the Woods, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

A Bell in the Woods, 2012

oil on canvas

3.3 x 5 ft. (1 x 1.5 m)

Chalk, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Chalk, 2012

oil on canvas

5 x 3.3 ft. (1.5 x 1 m)

Initials, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Initials, 2012

oil on canvas

3.3 x 5 ft. (1 x 1.5 m)

Primary Being, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Primary Being, 2012

oil on canvas

5 x 3.3 ft. (1.5 x 1 m)

The Motion, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

The Motion, 2012

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

Dissembling Figure #1, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

Dissembling Figure #1, 2012

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

The Sleeper, David Urban, 2012

Urban, David

The Sleeper, 2012

oil on canvas

48 x 72 in. 4 x 6 ft. (1.2 x 1.8 m)

The Eye as Dove, 2012

 

An ardent champion of painting, David Urban’s work is rooted in an abstract expressionist ethos. His paintings are defined by bold collisions of line and shape, clashing tones and kinetic brushstrokes. Urban builds his dynamic paintings, layer upon layer, incorporating the traditions of still life and landscape, abstraction and realism.

 

The Eye as Dove is a visual chronicle of a walk in the woods. Natural elements found in the wild are condensed into form and figure. Deeply poetic and meditative, the paintings reconstruct moments in time as objects in space, each with a distinct personality. 

 

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).