Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, 4W, Chelsea, NYC, is pleased to present David Black: New York Paintings. The artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring seventeen vibrant, humorous, and playful depictions of city life, as well as a group of enchanting black and white engravings, will be on view May 8th through the 31st, 2008. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, May 8th, from 6 to 9 pm.
The New York Paintings capture the city’s boundless energy and evidence the artist’s love for his birthplace. The canvases hum with color and entertain with incisive wit. Whether portraying the social elite dining at the Plaza, canine enthusiasts at the Westminster Kennel Club Show, chess players lingering over a game at Washington Square Park’s famed tables, or crowds reveling at the Greenwich Village Halloween parade, Black inserts humor, irony, and generally pokes fun. Grace Glueck of The New York Times wrote of Black’s work: “These cartoony, untutored oils, bubbling with color, unabashedly tackle everything from landscape to social mores,” while The New Yorker succinctly noted: “Black is at his most delicious as a satirist.”
A complement to his paintings, Black’s elegant engravings employ a precise economy of line, capturing gesture and expression with a minimal, yet confident and effective approach.
A self-taught artist, Black began to explore painting and drawing after a long and successful career in theatre, both as a director and producer. He has devoted himself solely to his art for nearly a quarter of a century. His work has been exhibited in New York City at the National Arts Club and the DFN Gallery. Black has shown extensively at venues including Noah’s Art Gallery and Four Starr Gallery, both in Stonington; and the P.H. Miller Gallery in Woodbury, all in CT. His work has been shown at The Weston Gallery and The Malton Gallery in Cincinnati, The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin, the Catherine Kelleghan Gallery in Atlanta; and in England at the Phoenix Gallery in London and Lavenham, Suffolk; and the Essex County Council Gallery, Chelmsford. Black’s work is exhibited in American Embassies around the world sponsored by the U.S. Department of State ART in Embassies Program. He lives and works in Stonington, CT.