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David Thelen Livonia, New York

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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    Since an early age, I have been creating art in some form or another, and throughout the years have honed my skills through practice and teachings. I have explored all forms of art from sculpting, wood carving and wood working, illustration, to stained glass. After and during the exploration there was always painting - it is something that moves me and changes me.
    My oil paintings are defined by a bold interpretation of the ever changing and human intervention in the landscape. I describe my main subject by painting the space around it rather than focusing on painting the object itself. Deep tones and bold contrast lead the eye to the uniqueness to be found in the texture, pattern and line.

    Artist Background

    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Associate of Arts, 1994

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