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Artist Profile - David Einstein
 

We are proud to announce the publication of our friend David Einstein's new book, David Einstein:  A Forty-Year Survey, 1970-2010, Michael H. Lord Gallery, 2010.
 
Roy's tribute for the book
 
Included this work is an appreciation by Roy Kotynek who first met David at Oakland University in the late 1960s. Click here to read the tribute


 
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  We are proud to announce that our friend David Einstein is about to see published a book featuring his work. (click images below to enlarge)  
   
 


David Einstein

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David Einstein is an artist working on the west coast of the United States. He studied painting and sculpture at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and completed his undergraduate work at Oakland University in Michigan. David holds an M.F.A. Degree in Painting from Wayne State University, Michigan.

A painter of landscapes, David prefers to work in an abstract vein that gives him the freedom to render nature subjectively. Using oil and acrylic on canvas to convey impressions largely based upon memory of the complex formal interrelationships of juxtaposed mountains, water and clouds, David works in a reductive manner. Thinking of land and sky forms as strata of color, David reduces light to its color constituents and creates art that exists as autonomous reality offering a restored order, rather than chaos. David's work is a constant exploration of the abstract laws of color, apart from and a part of nature.

figure ground - click to enlargeAlong with his paintings, David explores ink and brush mark making on handmade paper and ceramic surfaces. The marks are intuitive and spontaneous, beginning with the first light. It is this light that represents David's marks and the process involved in making them. David goes beyond the traditional boundaries in this series of drawings where he explores the mystical and spiritual experience that evokes his continued commitment to the process.

David has participated in numerous solo, juried and invitational shows throughout the United States and Canada light echo -click to enlargeincluding The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; The George Walter Vincent Smith Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts; Zack/Schuster Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida; and The Hansen Galleries in New York City. His work is represented in the collections of The Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C.; The Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Jovan Cosmetics, Chicago, Illinois; and many other corporate, private and public collections. David's work was recently included in the publication Fixing the World / Jewish American Painters in the Twentieth Century.

Artist Statement

heart rings - click to enlargeIn regard to my paintings, I prefer to work in an abstract vein that gives me the freedom to render nature subjectively. I work in a reductive manner using oil and acrylic on canvas. In my work I strive to convey impressions largely based upon memory of the complex, formal interrelationships of juxtaposed mountains, water and clouds. Thinking of land and sky forms as strata of color, I reduce light to its color constituents. Through this, I create art that exists as autonomous reality offering a restored order, rather than chaos.

My drawings are about movement of color, line and the illusion of space. I have always had an infinity for paper. Surface and textural qualities of paper is in itself a meditative experience. The oil color and/or ink texture that is applied to the paper is done directly, spontaneously, and intuitively. The gesture I use is free and easy, with composition balanced and ever mindful of space, light and shadow.

Artists have traditionally been mark makers since the beginning of time. I have gone beyond traditional boundaries in drawing. In my drawings I explore the mystical and spiritual experiences that evoke my continued commitment to the mark making process.

I try to transcend marks in both painting and drawing, but I am conscious of the tension created by figure ground relationships. Pushing these boundaries has enabled me to pierce the veil of light on the surface. This is what I use to create the mystical illusion of space while exploring the qualities of inner-luminosity that make the physical art work go beyond the realm of the now.

My work is a constant exploration of the abstract laws of color, apart from and a part of nature.

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About the authors

Professor Roy Kotynek of Oakland University in southeastern Michigan has been a History Department faculty member since 1967.

John Cohassey is an arts historian, and writer of both fiction and non-fiction, including Toast of the Town (Wayne State Univ. Press, 1998).

 
 
 

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