Urban, David

Konokol, 2010

oil on canvas

10 x 24 ft. (3 x 7.3 m)

Urban, David

It's Yours, 2015

oil on canvas

7 x 6 ft. (2.1 x 1.8 m)

Urban, David

The Second Kind of Experience, 2015

oil on canvas

7 x 6 ft. (2.1 x 1.8 m)

Urban, David

I Need to Think, 2015

oil on canvas

7 x 6 ft. (2.1 x 1.8 m)

Urban, David

Untitled (I), 2015

oil on canvas

20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Untitled (II), 2015

oil on canvas

20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2014

oil on canvas

12 x 16 in. (30 x 41 cm)

Urban, David

untitled 1, 2010

oil on canvas

12 x 24 in. (30 x 56 cm)

Urban, David

untitled 2, 1997

oil and acrylic on canvas

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

Urban, David

untitled 3, 2010

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

untitled 1, 2011

oil and acrylic on canvas

3 x 4 ft (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

untitled 2, 2010

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

The Glory of Time, 2005

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

untitled 2, 2011

oil on canvas

2.8 x 4.5 ft. (0.9 x 1.4 m)

Urban, David

untitled 3, 2011

oil and acrylic on canvas

3 x 4 ft. (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

untitled 4, 2011

oil and acrylic on canvas

24 x 36 in. (61 x 91 cm)

Urban, David

untitled 5, 2011

oil on canvas

24 x 36 in. (61 x 91 cm)

Urban, David

untitled 6, 2009

oil on canvas

4 x 5.6 ft. (1.2 x 1.7 m)

Urban, David

untitled 9, 2009

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2008

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2014

oil on canvas

12 x 16 in. (30 x 41 cm)

Urban, David

untitled (The Sleeper 2), 2012

oil on canvas

4 x 5 ft. (1.2 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2014

oil on canvas

22 x 18 in. (56 x 46 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2014

oil on canvas

22 x 18 in. (56 x 46 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2014

oil on canvas

3 x 4 ft. (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2014

oil on canvas

4 x 3 ft. (1.2 x 0.9 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2014

oil on canvas

4 x 3 ft. (1.2 x 0.9 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2006

oil on linen

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2005

oil on linen

12 x 9 in. (30 x 23 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2005

oil on linen

20 x 16 in. (51 x 41 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2005

oil on linen

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2004

oil on linen

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 1997

oil and acrylic on canvas

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2006

oil on canvas

16 x 12 in. (41 x 30 cm)

Urban, David

untitled, 2009

oil on canvas

6 x 5 ft. (1.8 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2009

oil on canvas

5 x 6 ft. (1.5 x 1.8 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2009

oil on canvas

5 x 6 ft. (1.5 x 1.8 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2009

oil on canvas

6 x 5 ft. (1.8 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 1998

oil on canvas

5 x 4.5 ft. (1.5 x 1.4 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2013

acrylic on canvas

5 x 4 in. (13 x 10 cm)

Urban, David

Abstraction Elegy #2, 2005

oil on linen

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

Urban, David

Almond tree #2, 2011

oil on canvas

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Almond tree, 2011

oil on canvas

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Amplifier #1 - HIWATT, 2009

oil on canvas

5.6 x 4 ft. (1.7 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2006-07

acrylic and oil on canvas

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

Urban, David

untitled(F), 2007

mixed media

15 x 17 in. (38 x 43 cm)

Urban, David

Amplifier #7, 2016

oil and acrylic on canvas

6 x 4 ft. (1.8 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

Amplifier Lyre #1, 2010

oil on canvas

3 x 4 ft. (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

Amplifier Lyre #2, 2010

oil on canvas

30 x 60 in. (76 x 152 cm)

Urban, David

Amplifier Lyre #3, 2010

oil on canvas

3 x 4 ft. (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

Argument in Isolation, 2005

oil on canvas

3 x 4 ft. (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

Art of Book April no 2, 1997

oil on canvas

5.6 x 4 ft. (1.7 x 1.2 m) 

Urban, David

Black Flame, 2005

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm)

Urban, David

Bluesette, 1997

oil and acrylic on canvas

16 x 20 in. (41 x 51 cm)

 

Urban, David

Boy with Radio, 2010

oil and acrylic on canvas

6.5 x 7.75 ft. (2 x 2.4 m)

Urban, David

Descending Figure, 1997

oil on canvas

7.75 x 6.6 ft. (2.4 x 2 m)

Urban, David

Falling Tree #1, 2004

lithograph

21 x 30 in. (53 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Former Self, 2011

oil on canvas

40 x 30 in. (100 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Green Square, 2011

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Grenadier #3, 2005

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

Urban, David

Grenadier Phonics, 2005

oil on canvas

30 x 22 in. (76 x 56 cm)

Urban, David

High Windows, 2012

oil on canvas

40 x 30 in. (100 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Infanta Marina (diptic), 2005

acrylic and oil on canvas

2.4 x 10.5 ft. (0.74 x 3.2 m)

Urban, David

Innisfree (study), 2012

acrylic on canvas

5 x 4 ft. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

July Mountain, 2009

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Kepler 1, 2009

acrylic on canvas

24 x 18 in. (61 x 46 cm)

Urban, David

Kepler 2, 2009

acrylic on canvas

24 x 18 in. (61 x 46 cm)

Urban, David

Lyre 1, 2009

oil on canvas

24 x 18 in. (61 x 46 cm)

Urban, David

Lyre 2, 2009

oil on canvas

20 x 16 in. (51 x 41 cm)

Urban, David

No Mystery, 2011

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

Urban, David

Oval No.1, 2013

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Oval No.2, 2013

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Oval No.3, 2013

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Painting Table, 2005

oil on canvas

26 x 48 in. (66 x 122 cm)

Urban, David

Palette, Frame, Mountain #3, 2005

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (61 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Portrait of George Oppen, 2011

oil on canvas

40 x 30 in. (100 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Portrait of Kathleen Munn, 2011

oil on canvas

40 x 30 in. (100 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Prelude to Objects, 2006

oil on canvas

5 x 6 ft. (1.5 x 1.8 m)

Urban, David

Recognition, 2012

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Same Stare, Different Thought, 2011

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

Urban, David

School day for George Oppen, 2003

oil on canvas

36 x 30 in. (91 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

Sorrowful Being, 2011

oil on canvas

30 x 60 in. (76 x 152 cm)

Urban, David

Study for Joseph's Dream, 3rd Version, 1997

oil on canvas

4.9 x 3.9 ft. (1.5 x 1.2 m)

 

Urban, David

Study for the Parallel Life, 2015

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

 

Urban, David

The Cloud and the Tree, 2007

oil on canvas

6 x 5 ft. (1.8 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

The Dream of the Expanding Field, 2011

oil on canvas

6 x 5 ft. (1.8 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

untitled, 2006

oil on linen

12 x 9 in. (30 x 23 cm)

Urban, David

The Materials, 2011

oil on canvas

30 x 60 in. (76 x 152 cm)

Urban, David

The Motion, 2012

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

The Riven Branch, Diptych, 2012

oil on canvas

6 x 10 ft (1.8 x 3 m)

Urban, David

The Silk Tree #2, 2005

acrylic on canvas

24 x 18 in. (61 x 46 cm)

Urban, David

The Sounding Song, 2011

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

Urban, David

Winter Solitude, 2006

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Winter Landscape in Thematic Perpetuity, 2006

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

Winter Optic, 2006

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

The art practice of David Urban is defined by bold collisions of line and shape, clashing tones and kinetic brushstrokes. Urban builds his dynamic paintings, layer upon layer, into a strange borderland between abstraction and representation. Rhythmic geometries conjure up networks of boards, beams and girders. These improvisations incorporate the traditions of still life and landscape, abstraction and realism within an abstract framework. Urban produces forms that confound in their perception and pursues an endless investigation into how and why we see.

 

Urban reflects on music, childhood and the primacy of the imagination, becoming a summation of thematic ideas pursued in his paintings. He is deeply implicated in the history and methodology of paint. Urban is a poet and a musician, playing several instruments and investigating the physical presence of sound. His work explores the interplay between representation and abstraction, while maintaining a strong sense of connectivity and rhythmical structure. He integrates both real and abstract elements, simultaneously presenting two disparate threads of modern painting.

 

Urban completed both of his undergraduate degrees at York University in 1989, graduating with a BA in English Literature and a Visual Arts BFA specializing in Painting and Drawing. He received his graduate degrees, an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing in 1991 from the University of Windsor and an MFA in Visual Arts in 1994 from the University of Guelph. Urban has had 30 solo exhibitions and participated in nearly 40 group exhibitions. Urban joined Queen’s University in March 2012 as the Koerner Artist-in-Residence, an annual professional residency in the Fine Art Program. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada; Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal; and the Art Gallery of Ontario.