Exhibition Dates: April 28, 2018 - May 26, 2018 Artist Reception: May 10, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Washingtonian artist David Bell has been a creative presence in Georgetown for over twenty-five years. A fine arts major at Bennington College in Vermont, David started his professional career as a painter while still in his teens in Bennington. New York art dealer and ad executive William F. Herrick was so taken with his paintings that he started representing the young artist, selling his works throughout New England. David credits Herrick with teaching him to “paint every day; perfect your craft.”
For his second solo show at Susan Calloway Fine Arts, David has produced a new body of work that includes canvases, collage, and works on paper in dialogue with one another. Layers of glue, paint, paste, and plaster are applied structurally over printed media and canvas. David focuses especially on the interplay of these materials as he works. The finished products are often organic in form despite the methodical process from which they coalesce. These works incorporate both geometric and expressionist styles, and reflect the influence of great mid-century painters whom David so admires: Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Agnes Martin.