David Gaither's World Of Maximalism

David Gaither
Dec 15, 2013 6:39PM

Artist Statement

David Gaither is an international contemporary known for his expansive paintings, which combine warm, bright colors with innovative shapes, organic feeling/expression, contemporary technology and pioneering methods.  David constantly experiments with various types of mediums, materials and methods to bring new depths to his art.  His paintings blur the boundaries of the figurative and the abstract; reality and fantasy.


A self-taught artist, David began his progression around the age of three.  Over the years, he has worked in various genres of art, ultimately transitioning to unique methods reflecting his own style.  The unique methods involve a fusion of light with chromatic experimentation, where colors and shapes complement and contrast one another to create visual masterpieces.  David crafts pieces of varying sizes, from large murals to smaller paintings.  The theme of each piece guides the size and type of canvas, paints, and other materials and methods involved.  David’s works have been exhibited all over the world, from leading US cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, to as far as Lausanne (Switzerland), Paris (France), Biarritz (France) and Dubai (The United Arab Emirates).

The artistic process for each piece is unique and original.  On many occasions his pieces are crafted “free-form,” in which he approaches the canvas without any pre-determined theme.  The entire process is pure improvisation, in which he never knows what the finished piece will look like, and the entire experience is about enjoying the creative journey.  On other occasions he may approach the canvas with a specific theme, such as a defining piece, a new series of pieces, a commissioned piece, etc.  With many of these types of pieces, David employs an intricate process of sketching the conceptual theme beforehand, and then creates a “Colour Construct” – his “black box” of “color science” specific to the piece. This elaborate color scheme/system full of complex, scintillating shapes and colors provides a chaotic yet highly controlled landscape, giving viewers an open view into his mind.  New combinations of colors are employed in ways seemingly unconventional, in addition to experiments with new shapes and concepts that evoke new depths.  In fact, due to the labor-intensive and highly technical nature of his work, the process from start to finish may involve a great deal of time.

David is currently exploring a movement that he has termed “Maximalism,” in which he employs a myriad of intricate shapes and ultra-saturated colors, over-emphasizing the detail and infinite combinations of the respective shapes and colors. The crux of Maximalism is to make shapes and colors more elaborate than before; to take shapes and colors to the highest degree of detail.   From his perspective, Maximalism is all about experimentation and evolution, stretching the constructs of what one thinks is imaginable; breaking limits or barriers to establish new paradigms.  Pieces employing his Maximalism theme include the recent piece entitled "Maximal Steps (An Introduction To Multidimensional Maximalism)."  Other Maximalism pieces will be displayed in the near future.  His aim with Maximalism is to take contemporary art to the next level.

As with his art, David has been an inventor since a very early age, and has patented various technological innovations, such as internal lacing mechanisms for various forms of footwear.  In addition, David has also amassed an extensive body of inventions over decades which he plans to patent and develop at some point in the near future.  For a more extensive collection of his art, please visit the following:

Galerie De Medicis (Address: 18 Place des Vosges, 75004, Paris, France; Telephone: :+33 1 40 29 92 11; Web: www.demedicis-gallery.com:)

Galerie d'art Anne Broitman (Address: 8 Rue Gambetta, 64200 Biarritz, France; Telephone: +33 5 59 23 72 26; Web: http://galeriegaab-biarritz.com)

Dubner Moderne (Address: Rue du Grand-Chêne 6, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland; Telephone: +41 79 242 78 01; Web: www.dubnermoderne.ch)

Monda Gallery (Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Telephone: +971 55 269 0289; Web: www.mondagallery.com)

September Gray Art (Address: 3333 Piedmont Road, Suite 1250, Atlanta,  GA 30305; Telephone: (404) 502-3775; Web: www.septembergrayart.com)

ArtHouse 429 (Address: 429 25th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Telephone: (561) 231-0429; Web: http://arthouse429.com/ )

Compound Gallery (Address: 107 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209; Telephone: (503) 796-2733; Web: http://compoundgallery.com)

David Gaither