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"Adoratorio 82", 2021, oil on Baltic Birch, 30 x 72 in. 76.2 x 182.9 cm

David Ivan Clark

Originally from the plains of Western Canada, David graduated from Princeton University in 1983. With the exception of a brief apprenticeship in the studio of Jonathan Barbieri, Oaxaca, Mexico, Clark is self-taught as a painter and have a degree in literature from Princeton University. Also, David studied architecture at the Oregon School of Design.


My paintings hover in the space between romantic landscape and weathered industrial artifact. They dwell in limbo, each marking the spot where nostalgia collides with fact, where celebration and elegy converge.
From a distance the paintings present land, sky and nothing more. Held up to the turbulent flux of the mechanized world, they offer refuge. As one draws near, however, bucolic illusion becomes fugitive: deep space collapses to surface; distant horizon reverts to paint, pitted and scoured; serene haven, glimpsed as if on film, old, grainy and scratched, dissolves to abstraction.
The vast, silent plains of western Canada, where I was born and raised, inform both my life and work. As a child I felt the numinous in the natural world which surrounded me. Fast-forward to the post-modern age in which we are asked to view the world, not as independent from and external to ourselves, but as internal construct flung outwards. We no longer inhabit the world but our own shimmering projections. From this vantage, the existence of the natural sanctuary I inhabited as a child, which sustains me still, is called into question. My work explores this dilemma.

My work has been chosen by curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Denver Art Museum and the Triton Museum of Art for inclusion in shows at various venues in the western states. It is held in over two hundred private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Education

Princeton University, 1983. BA English Literature

  • University of British Columbia, 1986. One year of chemistry, physics, calculus, biology.

  • Oregon School of Design: two years in the B. Architecture program

Awards

  • Jurors Recommendation, Pro Arts Juried Annual

  • Juror: Larry Rinder, Curator of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Exhibits

2023

  • R.B. STEVENSON GALLERY, La Jolla, CA

2022

  • R.B. STEVENSON GALLERY, La Jolla, CA

2021

  • Bi-National Arts Festival, Border Arts Corridor, Douglas, AZ

2019

  • Art Squared Gallery, Boulder, CO

2016

  • Human Rights Campaign Benefit Auction, Washington, DC

  • Homelessness Coalition Benefit Auction, San Francisco, CA

  • William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

2015

  • Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

  • William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

  • Human Rights Campaign Benefit Auction, Washington, DC

 

2014

  • William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

  • Yuma Art Center Museum, Yuma, AZ

  • Human Rights Campaign Benefit Auction, Washington, DC

 

2013

  • Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

  • Summer National/ Juror: George Rivera, Chief Curator, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
  • Susan Calloway Gallery, Washington, DC

 

2012

  • San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

  • Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

  • Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO

2011

  • Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA

  • Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, Maui, HI

 

2010

  • Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington, DC.
  • Invitational Benefit Auction, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
  • Dreams for Kids Benefit Auction, Washington, DC
  • Transformer Gallery Benefit Auction, Washington, DC
  • Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, Maui, HI

2009

  • Triton Museum Satellite Gallery, Santa Clara, CA
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist’s Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Paia Contemporary Gallery, Paia, Maui, HI
  • Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
  • Invitational Benefit Auction, SJICA, San Jose, CA

2008   

  • The Sky is Falling, Spur Projects, Portola Valley, CA

  • The Big Deal, SF Visual Aids Benefit Auction, San Francisco, CA

  • Invitational Benefit Auction, SJICA, San Jose, CA

  • Then and Now, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA      

2007

  • Nowhere Remains, Solari Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

  • Gathering Void, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Invitational Benefit Auction, SJICA, San Jose, CA
  • Then and Now, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA  

2006

  • High and Outside, Spur Projects, Portola Valley, CA

  • Virus, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA

  • Horizon, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2005   

  • Other Skies, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Gallery Artists, Modern 1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2004   

  • Ink and Clay 30, Kellog University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, Pomona, CA

  • Juror, Hollis Goodall, Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2003

  • Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • I Wolk Galleries, St. Helena, CA

  • River City, The Literary Journal of the University of Memphis, TN

2002

  • Oakland Sesquicentennial Celebration, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA (juried)

2001

  • Absence and Otherness, Crucible Steel, San Francisco, CA (juried)

  • Matrix International Exhibit, Matrix Arts, Sacramento, CA (juried)

2000

  • Pro Arts Juried Annual, Oakland, CA

  • Juror: Larry Rinder, Curator of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • California Small Works, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA. Juror: Carrie Lederer, New Bedford Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA

  • What is Drawing Now? A National Exhibition Juror: Jane Fudge, Curator, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

  • Spanning the Bay, Center for Visual Arts, Oakland CA. Juror: Carlos Loarca, Somar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

     

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