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Solo show - works by David Cunningham
On Friday, July 12th from 6-9pm the Artist Mercantile will present a solo show with works by oil painter David Cunningham. David combines the influences of the “old masters’ along with the look of street photography. The show will include new works by this up-and-coming artist, along with live music, and beverages.
Per David,” As an artist, my goal is to convey an emotion to the viewer with the simplest means. My work is about painting toward an emotion and knowing when to stop working lest the entire structure fall apart. Leaving the paintings in place where the viewer can pick up in their imagination where I left off.”
David’s work is dark in nature with night scenes, silhouettes and Minneapolis landmarks playing a prominent role. His paintings capture moments in time like the street photography he is influenced by. Like the street photography David is influenced by; his paintings capture moments in time. These moments are often quiet moments and spaces in time when no one is around.
There are scenes such as someone catching a train, scenes of smoking, a single trumpet player, someone walking alone on the in the city. The titles to his paintings reflect these images and feelings that David is conveying. Some titles include “Morning” “City Lights” “Noir” and “Out of Time”.
When David was 16 he started attending classes part-time at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art, a traditional art school that adheres to a stringent French academic tradition as well as taking classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. After graduating high school David entered a four year apprenticeship at The Atelier.
After completing the program David took up studying landscape painting while living in southern Argentina and became tuned into the 19th century tonalist painters George Inness and James McNeill Whistler. Their atmospheric paintings along with the works of countless other painters, musicians, and writers continue to influence his work.