David’s deep, grainy paintings are frequently hover just on the edge of abstraction. He frequently works with urban subject matter, portraying sprawling city streets and tall buildings in a way that is both beautiful and grimy, something like a real city.
In older works, David explored larger, more gestural brush strokes, combining them with planes of monochromatic color. I really like the works in his Vital Gesture series, where, frequently, a single, dark, twisting brushstroke or knife-pull winds its way across the surface of a canvas. The visual effect is almost reminiscent of a highway snaking across a prairie.
David’s more recent works occasionally combine the tight, sharp, urban brush work with his earlier affinity for monochromes. There’s a lot of dark grey and black pigment here, but David’s use of highlights elevates it to an existence as a rain-slick road or a shining glass building. Check out David’s work on his personal website or his gallery, Canadian Abstract Art.