May 8 — July 4, 2020
new figurative oil paintings
We are honored to present a selection of new figurative paintings by American realist painter David Molesky, an internationally celebrated artist known for his paintings that convey the human relationship to the sublime forces of nature.
Now more than ever before, society must reconnect and celebrate the beauty derived from moments of solitude. Molesky has painted a series of paintings depicting his female companion, unposed in moments of meditative commune in outdoor and indoor private spaces. Observing her body language and preference for nudity, Molesky translates to canvas what appears as expressions of her spiritual relationship to the larger universe. By contemplating these scenes, we are led to certain states of mind that allow perception of the bigger picture and an escape from our individual challenges and worries.
Molesky states, “when composing narrative paintings, I treat the spaces around my subjects as I would a terrarium. These constructed habitats give viewers an optimally composed view of the subjects’ way of being and attitude towards their surroundings. In these paintings, I am driven to create a sense of atmosphere and space that one could imagine walking into. I later learned that the painters of Rembrandt’s time had a term for this quality, called houding.
My painted subjects, animals and humans alike, exhibit through their body language a sense of awe and harmony with their surroundings. My hope is that this empathetic, attentive viewpoint will inspire the viewer to contemplate themselves at peace within the bigger picture outside of the canvas.”
Molesky’s technical approach to painting exemplifies the mindfulness in which his figures navigate their environments. In an effort to reduce toxicity in the oil painting process, Molesky has developed an approach that eliminates the need for harmful solvents. In his studio in Brooklyn, using centuries-old paint recipes augmented by his own studies in paint chemistry, he crafts his own art materials from walnut oil, crushed limestone, and a multitude of pigments.
About the Artist
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 exploring the west coast. Now dividing his time between studios in Brooklyn and Raleigh, 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.
Creature of Boonoo Boonoo (detail)
oil on oval canvas
24 x 20 inches, 2019