David Skillicorn
New Salem, Massachusetts

David Skillicorn's evocative atmospheric abstract oil paintings are a reflection of the natural world. His Adagio series is named after the musical term, which instructs players to perform slowly, gracefully, and with ease. It is those sensibilities which Skillicorn hopes to convey in this work. In the spirit of Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, Skillicorn strives to create something authentic, at once sensitive and meditative, yet resonate and contemporary. His paintings are not literal landscapes per se, but rather rich atmospheric explorations, often evoking the sea and the horizon. Skillicorn’s studio practice is a combination of instinct, intuition, and spontaneous expression, carefully balanced by years of technical training and continual editing as a painting takes shape. After attaching folds of fabric to canvas, each painting is meticulously layered with up to fifty glazes of oil paint, often hand rubbed in, to create a deep luminous finish. Each work finally emerges, sometimes after many months, with its own particular atmospheric mood. In the end, Skillicorn hopes these paintings convey something that is not so much experienced with the mind, as felt with the body in an intimate, visceral, and contemplative way.

Artist and Customer Comments

David Skillicorn 7/21/2016 | 2:23 PM

Happy to announce that my large painting Motet, 60" x 60", has been selected into the annual juried show at Galatea Fine Art in Boston, curated by Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for Boston. Show will be up August 3 - 28, with an opening reception on August 5th from 6-8pm.

David Skillicorn 6/29/2016 | 4:53 PM

Pleased to have one of my larger paintings, (Memory I, 60" x 60"), included in the national juried show "Patterns", at the Attleboro Arts Museum for the month of July. Also very pleased that they placed the painting very prominently on it's own wall, facing the Museum's main window to the outside.... in a way having my work represent the show to the outside world. Very nice and much appreciated. Some pictures on my web site,

David Skillicorn 9/26/2015 | 4:48 PM

Very nice interview and critique of my work out in the paper this week, along with a wonderful short video showing me at work in my studio which they've put up wiht the article on their web site. Hope you get a chance to read it and see it:

David Skillicorn 9/26/2015 | 4:45 PM

Pleased to announce that about ten of my paintings, and a long review are included in volume VI of the contemporary arts magazine Inspirational, out September 2015. Here is a link to their site:

David Skillicorn 9/26/2015 | 4:42 PM

Opening reception tonight (9/26/15) at the Zullo Gallery south of Boston in Medfield MA for the 21st annual Juried Exhibition. My painting della terra XIV is included in the show, which will run through November 7th. If you're in the area, I hope you can stop by.


Mixed media artwork on stretched canvas
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30" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 0 oz.


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In this series I am responding to surfaces altered by time; old walls, ancient frescos, the landscape itself, aged and eroded. In each painting I work toward a unique topography, created by layers of paint, natural pigments, graphite, ink and other mark making applied, then selectively scraped off and excavated to reveal layers beneath. The process is repeated until the right atmosphere is created and the painting is resolved. The residual fragments of color which emerge suggest a story of change, and mark the history of the painting's creation over time. 

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