David Urban
The Dream of the River I, 2019 
oil on paper
29 3/4 x 22 in. (75.6 x 56 cm)



David Urban
The Dream of the River II, 2019 
oil on paper
29 3/4 x 22 in. (75.6 x 56 cm)

David Urban
Lafontaine Receding, 2018 
oil on paper
22 x 29 1/2 in. (56 x 75 cm)

David Urban
Untitled, 2016 
oil on paper
22 x 29 1/2 in. (56 x 75 cm)

 

David Urban

Untitled I, 1995

ink on paper

17 1/2 x 14 3/8 (44.5 x 36.5 cm) framed

David Urban

Untitled II, 1995

ink on paper

17 1/2 x 14 3/8 (44.5 x 36.5 cm) framed

David Urban

Untitled III, 1995

ink on paper

17 1/2 x 14 3/8 (44.5 x 36.5 cm) framed

David Urban

Untitled IV, 1995

ink on paper

17 1/2 x 14 3/8 (44.5 x 36.5 cm) framed

untitled #18, David Urban, 2010

Urban, David

untitled #18, 2010

oil on paper

22 x 28 in. (56 x 71 cm)

untitled #12, David Urban, 2010

Urban, David

untitled #12, 2010

oil on paper

22 x 28 in. (56 x 71 cm)

untitled #4, David Urban, 2010

Urban, David

untitled #4, 2010

oil on paper

22 x 28 in. (56 x 71 cm)

untitled 5, David Urban, 2009

Urban, David

untitled 5, 2009

acrylic on paper

30 x 22 in. (76 x 56 cm)

untitled 4, David Urban, 2009

Urban, David

untitled 4, 2009

acrylic and spray on paper

30 x 22 in. (76 x 56 cm)

untitled 5, David Urban, 2009

Urban, David

untitled 5, 2009

acrylic and spray on paper

30 x 22 in. (76 x 56 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).