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David Jon Kassan  Brooklyn, NY

'Approaching noise'
Oil on wood panel
'Self portrait'
Oil on wood panel

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About David Jon

As an expression of his own calculated observation and visual consumption of surrounding environment, introspective glimpses of reality imbue the art of David Jon Kassan. By immersing himself into his subject matter, Kassan is able to infuse his paiinting with life and realism. Kassan’s direction of realism follows the philosophies emplyed by the Ashcan School of American Realists. Kassan’s influences are varied; citing Robert Henri and John Sloan as his primary influences on philosophy and subject matter. As for style and technique he cites Antonio Lopez Garcia, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Clyfford Still as influences as well.

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Scott Naismith

Glasgow, Scotland artist

"Being a 'YouTuber' myself, I came across David's videos and was in real admiration of his technique. I love the relationship between his grunge abstract environment and his meticulous detailed and lifelike figures. I detect the Mark Rothko influence and I like what he does with his edges."

David Jon appears in the following Top 10 lists


'New York'




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"Absolutely beautiful and thought provoking work."

"I think what makes it amazing is the unevenness of his face. well done"


"Inspiring to watch you work on the I Pad better than most of us can paint with real paint. Your vibrant colors and greyed colors combine to make truly beautiful skin tones. Thank you for sharing this."


"I like the top one best. There is more than just a beautiful woman to look at, very visually interesting. the second while well done... leaves me wanting more. Maybe just cuz I happened to see it in comparison to the first one? i dont know. Great work none the less."


"The emotions captured are amazing! They both look almost like a photograph, these look so touching. Love your work."

"Absolutely lovely! So much vulnerability and honesty, it's touching! THank you for the beautiful work!"

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