Style, landscapes, Abstraction
Media Oils, gouache,
Artistic Focus David
is best known today for his California Style watercolors – airy,
yet intensely hued; sophisticated, yet unpretentious. Always true to
his basic aesthetic principles, when later in his career David turned
to abstraction it was abstraction grounded in the genre’s purest,
earliest forms. Throughout his career Don David’s hallmark has
been his adherence to purity, spontaneity, and a freshness of form and
• Donald Raymond David was born in Springbrook, Oregon in 1906.
• He attended Fresno State College in 1927 and studied with Alexandra
Bradshaw. By the 1930s Don David was in Los Angeles, where
he studied with Barse Miller and attended the Chouinard Art Institute
and the Art Center School.
• From the mid-1930s to the early 1940s he lived in Sacramento and
exhibited at Sacramento’s Kingsley Art Club from 1934 to1943. Throughout
the 1940s David also exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art,
the Oakland Art Gallery, the Glendale and Laguna Beach Art Associations,
and the California Water Color Society. David had a solo exhibition
at Los Angeles’ Francis Webb Galleries in 1946, and exhibited
with Milford Zornes at the Laguna Beach Art Gallery in 1947.
• By the late 1950s David had relocated to New York City, where he
attended the Hans Hofmann School and had frequent solo shows at the
Camino Gallery throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, as well as a
solo show in 1965 at the New School.
• In 1960, David’s work was included in a show at the Bolles
Gallery in San Francisco that featured New York artists and was titled “New
York’s Tenth Street.” A New York Times article
about the show by critic Alfred Frankenstein described David’s
abstract works as having “a virtuoso’s tracks of movement,
pressure, stroke and texture.”
• David was an instructor at the Newark School of Fine & Industrial
Art in New Jersey in the late 1960s, and he continued as a teacher
and lecturer into the early 1980s, when both he and his wife, artist
Andree Golbin, taught at New York’s Parsons School of Design.
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references are available upon request.
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