David FeBland was born in London and has received professional degrees from the University of Virginia the University of Cincinnati (USA) and the University of Manchester (UK). A fully self-taught artist, FeBland pursued careers in landscape architecture and advertising illustration as well as hosting jazz radio programs before turning his full-time attention to painting in the mid-1980’s. Since 1984, he has cycled through 55 countries, mostly accompanied by his wife on a tandem bicycle. His observations during these travels have served as inspiration for his painting.
FeBland shows throughout Europe, the UK and the US, where he is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, New York, London, Frankfurt, and Berlin. He has participated in over 70 solo and group shows since 1995 and has been reviewed or featured in Art in America, The New York Times, American Artist Magazine, PBS Television, New American Paintings, The Spectator (UK), and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), amongst many others. His work is held in many corporate collections, including American Express, AT&T, Chase Bank, Citibank, IBM, Esprit, Exxon-Mobil, Wassall USA, Inc. and Roland-Berger, GMBH, and he is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York. Included among his solo museum shows are The Museum of the Southwest (Texas) and Der Kunstverein Weinheim (Germany). FeBland has served as a juror for numerous national invitational exhibitions and has held a number of academic posts, most recently as Adjunct Professor of Architectural Drawing at City University of New York.
"My work considers issues of privacy, conflict and isolation in contemporary urban life, employing a colorist’s eye and a strong sense of formal compositional structure. I describe the interaction between humankind and our physical universe through a series of invented truths, a sleight of the facts as it were, inspired by observations of everyday life throughout the world. My paintings, drawing upon experiences over a wide range of geographical locations, are driven by a conviction that certain behavioral responses to one’s environment are universal. My work mostly eschews popular culture, deriving, instead, from direct experience with the goal of becoming the medium rather than responding to it.
More specifically, many of the paintings that comprise this show are inspired by observations made both at home, in New York City, and on the road across America as I have traveled over the past several years to Arizona, where I maintain a second studio. These long road trips have given me the opportunity to observe the staggering volume of derelict remains of mid-century architecture than now litters our countryside. Both far from cities and deeply within, these relics of empire bake slowly to dust in desert heat or simply rot where the climate is wetter. I wanted to imbue these sentinels with new vitality by re-staging them as tableaux for contemporary life, thus giving them a context in this crucial moment in our cultural history."