How to be Broken, 2013
Bold geometric forms are imbedded in big chunks of colour with lush underpainting in the art practice of David Urban. He builds his paintings, layer upon layer, into strange borderlands between abstraction and representation. His rhythmic and colliding brushstrokes conjure up the sounds of musical instruments the primacy of a child’s imagination.
Deeply implicated in the history and methodology of paint, Urban is a student of literature and music. His use of paint is akin to a poet’s use of words or a musician’s use of notes. He investigates the physical presence of sound in paint, exploring the interplay between representation and abstraction, while maintaining a strong rhythmical structure.
After graduating from York University with a degree in art and English, Urban received a creative writing master’s from the University of Windsor in 1991 and a second master’s in painting from the University of Guelph in 1993. He lives with his wife and son in Toronto.
The Konokol, a twenty-four-foot painting by David Urban, has just been installed in the lobby of the TD North Tower, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.