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David Showalter
baltimore, Maryland

David Showalter’s sharks appear sleek and strong as they glide through their weightless, abstracted spaces. This series came about by a fascination with sharks, and the beauty of their geometric form and elegant lines. In the work, the subject of the shark can be seen as a vehicle for other aesthetic explorations, such as a study of monochromatic color and light. The pieces are composed with varying hues, spotlights, and varying numbers of sharks. In each painting, it is the compositional factors that build the mood of the piece. In Shark Circle 2, the gray scale and circle of sharks creates a foreboding feeling. In Single Shark, a lone shark with a yellow spotlight feels much more tranquil. The sharks lack defining features or detail, and for this reason feel more like inanimate objects, mimicking the hard edged shapes of submarines or bullets. The work feels at once still and animated, surreal and minimal.

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Shark Pair 2
by DAVID SHOWALTER


Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
One-of-a-kind
Signed on back
2015

30" h x 40" w x 1.25" d
7 lbs. 0 oz.

$1,775


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This series came about from a fascination and engagement with sharks. After getting past their reputation, I was struck by  their elegant lines and geometric beauty. I choose to focus on this aspect of the animal to create these works.

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