Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, The Eye as Dove, 2002-2012

oil on canvas

8 x 10 ft. (2.4 x 3 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Parable of the Dove, 2012

oil on canvas

8 x 10 ft. (2.4 x 3 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, A Bell in the Woods, 2012

oil on canvas

3.3 x 5 ft. (1 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Initials, 2012

oil on canvas

3.3 x 5 ft. (1 x 1.5 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Chalk, 2012

oil on canvas

5 x 3.3 ft. (1.5 x 1 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Primary Being, 2012

oil on canvas

5 x 3.3 ft. (1.5 x 1 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Sunno, 2012

oil on canvas

5 x 3.3 ft. (1.5 x 1 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Bitter Fisherman, 2012

oil on canvas

40 x 30 in. (100 x 76 cm)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, The Motion, 2012

oil on canvas

30 x 24 in. (76 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, The Window Key, 2012

oil on canvas

4 x 3 ft. (1.2 x 0.9 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Dissembling Figure #1, 2012

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Dissembling Figure #2, 2012

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Recognition Dissolve, 2012

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Time's Mirror, 2012

oil on canvas

3 x 4 ft. (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, Stoner Creek, 2012

oil on canvas

3 x 4 ft. (0.9 x 1.2 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, The Cabin and the Lake, 2012

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, The Litter of Truth #2, 2012

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in. (76 x 100 cm)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, The Sleeper, 2012

oil on canvas

48 x 72 in. 4 x 6 ft. (1.2 x 1.8 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, The Water Image, 2012

oil on canvas

5 x 18 ft. (1.5 x 5.5 m)

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

Urban, David

The Eye as Dove, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

David Urban

The Eye as Dove

 

David Urban has come to represent the most ardent champion of painting, especially in the expression of “abstract” art. His paintings are 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.

 

The Eyes as Dove is a visual chronicle of a walk in the woods. Natural elements found in the wild are condensed into form and figure. Deeply poetic and meditative, the paintings reconstruct moments in time as objects in space, each with a discrete personality.

 

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 degree, an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing, in 1994 from the University of Guelph. Thus far in his career, 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 Programme. His work is in many private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada and he is exclusively represented by Corkin Gallery.

 

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.