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David Pettibone  Brooklyn, NY


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I want my work to speak to the viewer on a grand and inclusive scale about the human condition. The most sincere and effective way to speak directly about this topic, I believe, is by working with the human figure itself. Whether it’s our own image in the mirror or the sight of a coworker, friend, neighbor or lover, the figure is the most natural vessel for all our emotions from the most primal to the most civilized.

The people in my portraits are painted from observation. There is no substitute for a living, breathing human being when choosing to speak about human life. My figures tend to exist in between two realities. One, which is created by attempting to achieve a truthful portrayal of my subject and the second, is created by not denying the absolute physicality of the medium itself- oil paint. Through the paint, fleeting thoughts and feelings are slowed down so that the viewer can share my enthusiasm for these subtle nuances of the human condition.


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good work!!!

I really like your male figures, but you seem to have difficulty with the female form. It appears forced to me...like a slightly feminine man. Perhaps this is your intent but I do not think so. I also dig the fish/watermelon motif =)

I love the triangle of shadow in the first work. The painting is beautifully modeled and nicely composed.

The mere physical details alone are representative of the true woman. I can completely relate to the portraite of the woman lying on her side. Her body is not perfect and yet it is.

This work is just phenominal! In your painitings u creat an emotion..A feeling..U are very very talented. Thanks SO much fot sharing your pieces with us,You are a true inspiration.

tight work

woah! Awesome! Really inspiring1 :)

The skin on the first piece is just radiant! Lovely work.

Incredible, you have managed to capture a thought,a fleeting emotion, a static moment in the dynamics of our lives, you are indeed very talented, thank you for sharing your art.

"Ati sunder" (beautiful) great work

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