In this painting, David used his signature negative painting style to capture the mechanical environment of a bridge. He gessoed the canvas in black and then painted around the areas he intended to be black. The bridge was not painted - the space around it was painted. The soft glowing light and absence of people play up the industrial quality of the scene.

- David Thelen

Bridging Chaos

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

36" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
6 lbs. 5 oz.



David Thelen
Livonia, New York

Getting to Know David

Artist David Thelen was born in Western New York and has been living and working in the Finger Lakes region of the area. His strong family ties to the Catskill area give him a broader perspective on his home. It comes as no surprise that his artwork reflects the daily life and landscapes he sees at home and through his travels across the state. David’s signature approach to the artwork is to paint the canvas solid black, and he paints in the negative space around the darkened areas. He creates his main subject by painting the space around it rather than painting the subject itself. David lives in an old farmhouse that he is slowly renovating one room at a time, so most of his time is shared between painting, renovating, and maintaining.