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Moods and Expressions: Painting by David Yawman

A portrait painting of a young woman looking directly at the viewerUntitled commission, acrylic on cradled wood panel


Our featured artist today is David Yawman, based out of Beacon and Brooklyn, New York. David paints a range of subjects in acrylic. I really love David’s portrait paintings, where he shows off his knack for capturing moods and expressions with his brush.


An abstract painting of a wild mess of colours atop a neckSatyr, acrylic on canvas

David also has a series of paintings where he captures dreams in an abstracted style. Most of these works are made with a mixture of different materials, and focus heavily on the intersections of frenetic lines and bulbous, impossible shapes. In his black and white dream works, David makes use of gradients to shade imaginary spaces.


A self-taught artist, David has great control over his paintings, even when he works with a slightly looser hand. It’s interesting to compare his usual style to the small collection of paintings where he renders his subject using a technique that is reminiscent of computer vectoring. These portraits of babies find a great balance between stylized and sincere.


A screen capture from David Yawman's


A graphically-shaded portrait of a baby in black and whiteLuna, acrylic on cradled wood panel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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