David Korty, ‘untitled (alphabet pot)’, 2017, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

David Korty received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. He has shown extensively in Los Angeles, with solo exhibitions at such venues as Night Gallery, China Art Objects, Michael Kohn, and LAXART; at Greene Naftali, New York; and at Sadie Coles HQ, London. Korty's work has been acquired by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, Los Angeles; Judith Rothschild Foundation, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. His work has been covered in Artforum, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Modern Painters, among other publications. A monograph of Korty's work entitled Blue Shelves was published by Sadie Coles and Night Gallery in 2016. Korty lives and works in Los Angeles.
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About David Korty

David Korty is celebrated for his lush, luminous mixed-media paintings of Los Angeles, city of his home and heart. “It is a place that you can live in for 50 years and still never really grasp it in its fullness,” he describes. A 21st-century flâneur, he drives the city’s freeways and side streets, losing himself in its urban fabric, taking snapshots of everyday scenes played out among people, architecture, sidewalks, and streets. He transforms these photographs into expressionistic, semi-abstract paintings, using a stylistic vocabulary that encompasses such movements as Post-Impressionism, Pop, Cubism, and Constructivism. Fellow Californian David Hockney is an enduring influence on his work. In his recent “Film Strip” series (2013), Korty organizes his memories and impressions of L.A. into a montage of images in film strip-like compositions, a nod to an industry that defines his city.

American, b. 1971