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May Issue 2010

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by David Skinner

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Spacious Landscapes, featuring works by David Skinner, on view from May 7 through June 1, 2010.

The paintings that come from Skinner's Venice Beach studio are not what you might expect from the surfing and rollerblading center of Southern California. His contemporary images of the California and Blue Ridge landscapes are derived from his deep respect for the legacy of the California plein air painters and their noble portrayals of light and terrain.

Skinner boldly defines his personal style within the genre by pushing the boundaries of color and composition, drawing upon the integrated traditions of the Bay Area Figurative and Abstract Expressionist movements. His work showcases his affinity for the light, space, and radiance of the landscape, his style signifying an integral understanding of the New York and San Francisco schools of Rothko and Diebenkorn.

The brushwork that Skinner uses is loose yet representational with several layers of paint applied closely to and interacting with the canvas. Transient colors and edges suggest a leaning towards transcendentalism; renderings favor intuitive usage of color and perspective over straight objectivity.

Skinner interprets the relationship of natural light with the land through a lens of diverse shades and tones. Vast, soothing color fields punctuated with daring, bold elements of flora are quintessential characteristics of his unique vision.

Speaking of his work, Skinner says "Landscape painting is an extension of my passion for nature. As a California native who has seen unrestrained urban development occur in this state, I create paintings that honor what's left of our open spaces".

Skinner's fine art training includes the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Master of Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

"After loading the surface with color, achieved by multiple layers of underpainting, the artist envisions the emergence of a landscape. Then, with sure brushstrokes, Skinner defines the image, orchestrates colors and surfaces above and below, and weaves them into the final canvas where color from underpainting comes through, endowing each poetic canvas with bucolic energy," is an excerpt from a statement made by Roberta Carasso PhD., a Southern California art critic.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704-370-6337 or visit (www.elderart.com).

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