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David Molesky (b. 1977) creates oil paintings depicting figures in natural and sometimes turbulent landscapes. Having grown up in Washington, D.C. and then graduating from UC Berkeley in 99’(art & pre-med), David spent the first half of his adult life on the west coast. Now in Brooklyn, David paints full time and contributes articles to publications including Juxtapoz and Fine Art Connoisseur. His paintings can be found in permanent collections on both coasts and in Europe and Asia, including the Long Beach Museum of Art in California and the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art in the Philippines.


1992-1995        Studied w/ Plein Air Painter, Walter Bartman

1994                 Summer College Cornell University

1997                 Fall Semester, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1995-1999        B.A. University of California at Berkeley

Study with Wendy Sussman, Katherine Sherwood, and Richard Shaw

Also premed with emphasis in Neurobiology

2000                 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2004-2006        visits to David Ligare’s studio, Salinas, California

2006-2008        Apprentice to Odd Nerdrum, Iceland and Norway


Long Beach Museum of Art, California

Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art, Philippines

Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA

City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Nerdrum Museum, Norway

Collector’s Museum, California

Gedeon Richter:


2018                Return to Sender, the fridge, Washington, D.C.

2016                Riot, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015                Riot, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

2014                Riot, the fridge, Washington, D.C.

                        Calm and Unrest, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013                A Long Moment, a.Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)

2012                AIR/WATER, the fridge, Washington, D.C.

2011                Protean Dreams, Artspace 712, San Francisco, CA (catalog)

                        A Journey Back, 12 Gallagher Lane, San Francisco, CA

                        Eclipse of an Undercurrent, Marjorie Evans Gallery, Sunset Cultural Center, Carmel, CA

                        (Two-man Exhibition) Smoke, Basement Gallery, Oakland, CA

2010                Turbulent Mirror, Rae Douglass Gallery, Berkeley, CA

                        Spume, Canessa Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)

2007               (Two-man Exhibition) Equinox, Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

                        (Two-man Exhibition) Jan-Ove Tuv and David Molesky. Radhus, Tonsberg, Norway

2005                Recent Landscapes, Las Fuentas Villa, Carmel Valley, CA

                        State of Being, Municipal Building, Raleigh, NC (catalog)

2004                Pan in Arcadia, Lisa Cosino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA

2002                David Molesky - Recent Paintings, Faculty Club, Berkeley, CA

2001                Poetics of Dream, Karples Manuscript Museum, Charleston, SC

                        Psychologic Paint, Gamil Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2000                Seven Years, Gallery A, Raleigh, NC

1996                David Molesky - Recent Paintings, Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD

1995                David Molesky - Recent Work, Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD


2019               Secondary Meanings, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL (catalog)

                        Painting the Figure Now, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL (catalog)

2018                Grand Opening, Illio Museum of Contemporary Art, Iloilo, Philippines

Quest: A Collection organized by Rhea Fontaine, NIAD Center, Richmond, CA

NC Artists Exhibition, Raleigh Arts Society, Duke Energy Center, Raleigh, NC (catalog)

Visions of Venus, Zhou B Art Center, curated by Dr. Elaine Schmidt, Chicago, IL (catalog

2017                Et in Arcadia ego. Rolland Gallery. Cal Lutheran University. Thousand Oaks, CA            

2015                Transmission, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA          

                        20 years under the influence of Juxtapoz, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, CA

                        Opus Hypnagogia, Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY (catalog)

2014                 Enriching and Engaging: New Acquisitions, Long Beach Museum of Art, CA

2013                 Risqué, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (catalog)

Suggestivism, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, Italy

Surreal Salon, Baton Rouge Gallery for Contemporary Art, Louisiana

2011                 Suggestivism, Grand Central Art Center, Cal State Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA (catalog)

2010                 100 Artists See Satan, Grand Central Art Center, Cal State Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA

2009                 Kitsch mer unn kunst, Telemarksgaleriet, Nottoden, Norway (catalog)

2008                 Kitsch Biennale, Passinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany (catalog)

2007                 Intimate Landscape, Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz (catalog)

2005                 My California: Views from the Golden State, National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA

2001                 Winner’s Circle, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (catalog)       

1995                 National Scholastic Gold Key, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


Skies of Gold, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Chronicles of a Future Foretold, 33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL (catalog)

2017                Surf Story Project Two, Escalante Gallery & Hurley HQ, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

August six-person Exhibition, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

Nocturnes: From Dusk till Dawn. Winfield Gallery. Carmel, CA (catalog)

                        Catamaran 4th Annual Art Exhibition. R. Blitzer Gallery. Santa Cruz, CA

2016                Fourth Wall, Booth Gallery, New York, NY

Thirteenth Hour, Booth Gallery, New York, NY

Portraits, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015                Portal to the Future, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        Forces of Nature, Mighty Tanaka Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)

                        Lexicon Infernali, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

                        Undeniable, DAX Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2014               Pupils of Apelles, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012               Suggestivism NYC, Bold Hype Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)

                       100 Grand, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA

2011               City Hall & Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC

2010               A History of Flight, Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

                        Empty Time, the fridge, Washington, D.C.

                        Aqua: Art on Water, Artzone 461, San Francisco, CA

                        Selections 2010, San Francisco Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, CA

                        Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC

                        The Protagonist, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                        Mischeif, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009               The Genesis of Bay Area Figurative Art Now, Art Space 712, San Francisco, CA

                        Point Lobos Project, Fine Art Base, Sand City, CA

                        On the Bay, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Monterey, CA

2008              400 Meter Kunst, Voss, Norway (catalog)

2007               Kitsch, Gallerie KS, Tønsberg, Norway

2006               Intimate Landscape, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA (catalog)

                       All Wet, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA

2005              Auto Show, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004              Art of the Mediterranean Games, Italian Institute of Culture, San Francisco, CA (catalog)

                       Objects of Obsession, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA

                       Context, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA

                       Art Alumni, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA

2002              Greatest Hits, Gamil Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2001              Small and Miniature Show, Aaron Gallery, Washington, DC

Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC

2000              Exhibition 37, Art Share, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

1998              Honor Studio Show, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA


2018             The Washington Post. “Turning …  into uncommonly fine art.” September, 21.

Buzzfeed, “One Hundred Artists, One Tribe.” October 9

PoetsArtists, #97, “The New Nude,” August, pg. 20 & 103

                       PoetsArtists, #92, “Visions of Venus,” February

Supersonic Art, “Etherial Paintings by David Molesky.” June 5

Culture Type “...2018 Carnegie International..” April 16

2017              Riot Material. “The Sublime Enormity, And Indifference, Of Nature,” September 3

Nocturnes: from Dusk till Dawn (exhibition catalog). Winfield Gallery: Carmel, CA

American Art Collector. “Et in Arcadia Ego.” April pg. 46-51

The Collection of Earl and Camilla McGrath. Christies. March pg. 6-7, 126.

Post-War and Contemporary Art New York. Christies. March pg. 219.

2016    Catamaran. Vol. 4, Issue 4. Winter 2016. pg. 15-16, 21-22, 24

American Arts Quarterly. Fall 2016

Walter Magazine. “Loving Artists.” August. pg. 116-117

Juxtapoz (print and web editions). “Et in Arcadia Ego.” July

Et in Arcadia Ego (exhibition catalog). New Museum Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA

Metroactive. “NUMU’s New Show Ponders Paradise.” June 8

LIFO. “David Molesky is the painter of a world in flames.” April 16

Disinfo. “David Molesky’s Riot Paintings.” April 13

Painters on Painting. “ David Molesky on Titian’s The Flaying of Marsyas,”  April, 11

Hi-Fructose. “David Molesky’s Dramatic New Series of ‘Riot Paintings.’ April 7

WideWalls. “New David Molesky Exhibition.” March 24

Constructed by.  “David Molesky.” March 12

Dream Closet. “Fire from Beneath.” New York: Secretary Press. Pg. 103-106. January

2015             Juxtapoz Magazine Website. “Portal to the Future.” October 15    

The Worleygig. Lexicon Infernali. September 10

Juxtapoz Magazine Website. “Opus Hynogogia and Lexicon Infernali.” September 3

Dirge Magazine. “Opus Hypnagogia @ Morbid Anatomy Museum.” July 18

OC Weekly. “DAX Gallery Gathers Masters and Rookies.” April 9

Beautiful Bizarre “Suggestivism:  Chronology @ Copro Gallery.” April 4

East City Art. “Review: David Molesky Riot @ the Fridge.” January 15

Juxtapoz Website. “David Molesky @ the Fridge.” January 14

Washington City Paper. “At the Fridge, Protest Fires Burn.” January 9

Opus Hypnagogia. Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn. pg.

2014              DC Style is Real. “David Molesky Riot.” December 4 

Huffington Post. “Pupils of Apelles at Copro Gallery: One cult, Two masters.” December 4

East City Art. “The Fridge presents David Molesky Riot.” December 1

Juxtapoz Website. “Pupils of Apelles @ Copro Gallery.” November 15

Fine Art Connoisseur. “The Arcanum of Apelles.” November, 6

Hi-Fructose.  Pupils of Apelles. November 4

Huffington Post. “Odd Nerdrum lands in the lap of LowBrow.” Mat Gleason. Nov. 3

LA Weekly. “Pupils of Apelles.” November

Il manefesto. interview with David Molesky: life, dreams, afterlife. August 8

Beautiful Bizarre. Suggestivism: Chronology @ Copro Gallery. August 4

Artfile Magazine. “Conversation & Context.” March, 26

Juxtapoz Website.  “Riot paintings by David Molesky.”  May 6

2013               Works and Conversations (web and print).  “Infinite Water.” Richard Whittaker. May

Juxtapoz Website. “Risqué @ Long Beach Art Museum.” September 20

Juxtapoz Website. “David Molesky - A long Moment.” June 27

The Art Out There (Blog). David Molesky.  August 26

2012                The Surfer’s Journal. “Politics of Paint.” Greg Escalante & Nathan Spoor. vol 21.5

Roll Call. “Washington Native’s Art Show Comes to Capital Hill.” September 21

WAMU. “Art Beat with Sean Rameswaram.” September 11 

Washington Post. “Gallery Highlights in the fall Season.” September 8, 2012

DCist. Arts Agenda. September, 2012.

2011                San Francisco Examiner.  “A Journey Back - David Molesky.” Greg Flood. December

Protean Dreams Monograph. “A Long Moment.” Electric Works, San Francisco, CA

Suggestivism: A Survey of Contemporary Artists. Gingko Press, Berkeley, CA

Art Out There Blog. “David Molesky.” January 6, 2011

2010               David Molesky, SPUME. ePressBooks, San Francisco

New American Paintings:  “Pacific Coast Edition, #91.” Open Studios Press, Boston

East Bay Express. “Ripple Effects.” DeWitt Cheng. December 22 (Etheric Impulse, 2010)

TA.NO, “Verdenspremier pa nye Nerdrum-bilder.” October 10

2009              Kitsch: mer enn kunst. Schibsted Forlag, Norway. pg.  (Man with Two Horses, 2007)

Juxtapoz Magazine Website. “David Molesky.”  November 2

Juxtapoz Magazine Website. “Making Foam.”  May 7 (Sea Spume Mirror, 2006)

2008                ISM Magazine. “Master & Apprentice.” Issue 14. Pg. 12-15

2007                Southwest Art Magazine. 21 under 31. September, pg. 135 (Crash, 2006)

2006               Intimate Landscape. University of California Press, Santa Cruz. pg. 29 (Beach break, 2005)

                        Monterey County Herald. “Waterworks.” March 30 - April 5. Pg. (Seafoam 3, 2005)

2005               Southwest Art Magazine. “Artists to Watch.” September, pg. 30 (Monument, 2005)

2004               Monterey County Weekly. “Be Still my Heart.” February, pg. 4 (Polythemus, 2004)

2000               Raleigh Spectator. “David Molesky.” September 6-12 . (Arachnidus, 2000)


2011                Chronicle, Feature film

                        LIncoln SUV. Commerical


2012               Creative Quick Grant, California


2018                Lecture. The Representational Art Conference. Leeuwarden, Netherlands

2017                Lecture. Figurative Art Conference and Expo. Miami, FL

Lecture. Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA

                        Lecture.. Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

                        Lecture. Cuttyhunk Island Artist Residency. Cuttyhunk, MA

                        Lecture. Illustrator Master Class, Amherst, MA

Lecture, New Museum Los Gatos, CA

2016 Panel Moderator, Booth Gallery, New York, NY              

2015                Lectures. The Representational Art Conference. Ventura, CA

                        Lecture. University of Georgia. Athens, GA

                        Lecture. Concordia University. Montreal, Canada

2014                Lecture. The Representational Art Conference. Ventura, CA

2012                University of California at Berkeley. Advanced Painting Fall

                        Golden Gate Collectors. San Francisco, CA

2010                San Francisco Art Institute. Advanced Painting Undergraduate and Graduate. Fall

                        Pre-Performance Lecture. “ODD.” ODC Theatre. San Francisco, CA

2009                California College of the Arts. Advanced Painting. San Francisco, CA

2007                Swihart Lecture Series. Santa Monica, CA


2014-current    Studio at Venus Knitting Mills, Brooklyn, NY

2015                 Studio Residence in Barcelona with Joe Sorren

2013-2014        One year studio on Jones Street in West Village

2013                 Spring Residence in Paris, France travel to Dussledorf and Rome

2009-2013       Studio in Market Street Warehouse in San Francisco, CA

2009-2010       Honorary Artist in Residence at Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Monterey, CA

2009                 May Artist in Residence, Fine Art Base, Sand City, CA

2008                 Summer-Winter Studio in Vienna, Austria

Late Spring Artist in Residence, Fundacia Nakjelska, Naklo Palace, Poland

Spring Artist Retreat, Jackowo Dolne, Poland

2007/2008       Winter Studio, Maison Laffitte, France

2006-2007       Resident Artist/Apprentice, Odd Nerdrum Studio, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Stavern, Norway

2006                 Studio in Silverlake, Los Angeles, CA

2003-2005       Studio in Carmel Woods neighborhood of Carmel, CA

2002-2003       Studio in Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA

1999                 Summer Studio Rome, Italy and visit to Florence, Venice, Pompei, and London

1997-1998        Semester at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1995                 Summer Studio Oslo, Norway and visit to Amsterdam


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