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.

Shark Pair
30" x 40" , acrylic painting
$1,775

Shark Pair 3
30" x 40" , acrylic painting
$1,775

Shark Pair 2
30" x 40" , acrylic painting
$1,775


Single Shark
30" x 40" , acrylic painting
$1,775

Shark Circle 2
30" x 40" , acrylic painting
$1,775


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