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David Skinner

Booth Number: 380

Asheville, NC

Artist Statement:

Throughout my artistic path of the past 30 years, certain themes seem to thread their way through my entire body of work. My work is deeply humanist in its focus, celebrating the spirit and physicality of the artistic process. My work is not precious—it documents struggle and resolution, tension and harmony, false starts and happy accidents.

For the last 20 years my paintings have mostly been focused on the landscape, and within that context I consider myself a colorist who draws inspiration from the palette of nature yet pushes the expressive potential of color. It is not uncommon to find large fields of intense reds or bright pink skies in my work. I look for abstracted patterns in the mountains of Western North Carolina where I live, favoring the patchwork of open meadows that lay interspersed among the wide array of trees found in this area. I’m not interested in submitting to the structures of realism, and with the tenets of modernism as my North Star, I accept that for me the landscape genre is a vehicle for working with color and gesture and elements of abstraction and not an exact recreation of nature. I do celebrate nature in my work though, and hope that even in the most abstracted of my landscapes, I still establish a strong sense of place and the unique light and atmosphere found in these mountains.

After completing a two-year painting residency at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, in 2014 my family of four moved to Asheville, North Carolina. There, I have a busy studio practice in the River Arts District, and I also teach painting workshops in Ireland, Italy, and my studio. I am currently a master of fine arts candidate (slated to graduate spring 2019) at Western Carolina University, where I also teach drawing.