DAVID DORNAN, paintings

December 7 - December 28, 2018

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CODA GALLERY PRESENTS
DAVID DORNAN

EXHIBITION: DEC 7 - 28
OPENING RECEPTION: DEC 7, 5-8 PM


PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery opened on El Paseo 32 years ago with an exhibition featuring paintings by David Dornan. The gallery presents his latest works in an exhibition running Dec. 7-28, and the Utah artist will attend the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend.


David Dornan’s goal is to inspire people to “look around and see what’s right there rather than go off in search of beauty. I am interested in providing an outlet for the unnoticed,” he says. 

Residing in the small town of Helper, Utah, David turns his talent to objects that people don’t expect to be the subject of a painting — perhaps something as mundane as a roll of wire. One of his first paintings had its genesis on a rainy day when he pulled off his boots and set them on a table. 

“I don’t search very far for my subjects,” he notes. Indeed, his oil paintings often include what he calls the “detritus” of his studio: used paint cans and brushes. Recent work includes paintings within paintings, so that the viewer is “in the studio looking at the painting being created.” 

“I am fascinated with the process of making paint behave,” David says. “I like to let the painting be out of control and bring it back under control. My objects become ultimately ‘real,’ but I am very concerned that the viewer get a sense of the integrity of the materials.” 

He typically paints from reference photographs, in part because he is working on 20 to 25 canvases at a time, but also for practical purposes — for example, when the subjects are sunflowers and roses he has nurtured in his own yard. 

Above the prestige of having noteworthy collectors and winning awards and grants, David recollects the kind of moment he considers more important. 

“Years ago, a farmer from Nebraska who had never bought a painting purchased one I did of a paint can. He said it reminded him of his dad. It feels good when my work is a springboard for someone’s spirit, like it is for mine.”



 

 

Staging Staging
Oil on canvas
52 x 60 inches
SOLD
 
Abstract Monday Abstract Monday
Oil on canvas
20 x 17.5 inches
SOLD
 
And All That And All That
Oil on canvas
52 x 60 inches
 
First Rodeo First Rodeo
Oil on canvas
40 x 45 inches
 
Stubby Stubby
Oil on canvas
36 x 32 inches
 
Bliss Bliss
Oil on canvas
40 x 45 inches
 
Daily Ritual Daily Ritual
Oil on canvas
36 x 32 inches
SOLD
 
Workhorse Workhorse
Oil on canvas
50 x 45 inches
 
Splatt Splatt
Oil on canvas
50 x 45 inches
 
Sustenance Sustenance
Oil on canvas
45 x 50 inches
 
Double Dip Double Dip
Oil on canvas
22 x 20 inches
SOLD
 
Reach Reach
Oil on canvas
12 x 14 inches
 
Squeezer I Squeezer I
Oil on canvas
38 x 32 inches
 
Reality Check Reality Check
Oil on canvas
36 x 32 inches
 
Squeezer II Squeezer II
Oil on canvas
38 x 32 inches
 
Side by Side Side by Side
Oil on canvas
14 x 16 inches
SOLD