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J. David Burch, Abstract Oil Painter

Born October 2, 1944 in Mannville, Alberta

 

Art Education

 

1. Art Students League of New York.

            a) Life drawing with instructor Nicki Orbach, 2004 - 2005.

            b) Oil painting with instructor Ronnie Landfield, 2005 - 2006. 

            c) Oil acrylic painting with instructor Ronnie Landfield, 2012.

            d) Acrylic painting with instructor Mariano Del Rosario, 2012.

            e) Acrylic painting Art Students League of New York 2013 to the present.

2. Ongoing exploration of artistic expression.

Artistic Statement And Biography

Born in small town Alberta, Canada David Burch first as an art collector in Toronto and New York City was influenced by the art museums of those great cities and then was given the great opportunity to travel throughout the former Soviet Union in the 1990s where as an emerging artist he found great inspiration with Robert Rafailovich Falk's paintings in oil shown at the New Tretyakov Museum in Moscow. David's work has also been influenced by that of Ronnie Landfield who is regarded as one of the pre-eminant abstract impressionists of his generation.David while living in New York City for eleven years had the opportunity to attend classes in painting at the Art Students League of NYC and had Mr. Landfield as his primary instructor. Although David now lives in Edmonton, Alberta he travels frequently back to NYC and concurrently paints at the Art Students League with Ronnie Landfield. David began to paint with heavy emphasis on idealized abstract landscapes but recently has dramatically changed with a re-evaluation of brush work and how it accentuates color and design to create visually appealing forms. The evocative titles of each of his paintings urge viewers to see and experience the world around them in different ways.   

On a more personally intimate level David Burch is bi-polar and he paints with a lot of colour and he admits that doing so helps him cope with this chronic depression. He is of that generation of gay men who "came out" in the late 1960s but he was fortunate to be accepted by his family and was openly gay from 1967 onwards choosing employment as a cancer epidemiologist first at the University of Toronto and later, Columbia University in New York City. He is also a professed alcoholic but he quit drinking in January of 1995.

 

Exhibitions

 

1.   Group Show (Students), Drawing, Art Students League of New York, 2005.

2.   Group Show (Students), Oil Painting, Art Students League of New York, 2006.

3.   Group Show, Oil on canvas, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, 2007

4.   Group Show, Oil on canvas, Harcourt House Arts Centre, Edmonton, 2008

5.   Group Show, Oil on canvas, Going Once, Going Twice, Harcourt House Arts Centre, Edmonton, 2008 (sold)

6.   Juried Group Show, Oil on canvas, Visual Arts Alberta, Diversity

     2009 (Part of The Works and Design Festival), Edmonton, 2009.

7.   Group Show, Oil on Canvas, Harcourt House Arts Centre, Edmonton, 2009

8.   Art Walk, Whyte Avenue, Edmonton, 2009

9.   Juried Group Show, Oil on canvas, Visual Arts Alberta (Part of The Works and Design Festival),        Edmonton, 2010

10. One Man Show, Vision State, Edmonton, Alberta 2010

11. Group Show, Oil on canvas, Harcourt House Arts Centre, Edmonton, 2011

12. Juried Group Show, acrylic on canvas, Visual Arts Alberta,  Edmonton, Alberta, 2012
13.
 Group Show, Harcourt House - "Kinetic", Edmonton, Alberta, 2013

14. Juried Group Show, Visual Arts Alberta 2013 to the present

 

 

   

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