ABOUT THE ARTIST
David McDonough is an artist, special educator and public high school teacher. He lives with his wife and young son in Queens, NY. David holds a BA in art from Brooklyn College, and an MS Ed. in teaching urban adolescents with disabilities from LIU Brooklyn. He has shown nationally and internationally, and keeps a studio in Brooklyn, NY.
David McDonough’s paintings float somewhere between the abstract and the representational. Using a repeated cast of characters and varying combinations of paint moves, he creates images that are strangely flat, oddly colored, densely layered, and full of subtle movement.
The work derives its energy from the materials used: thick glossy paint and dark matte charcoal congeal on the canvases in ways that are unpredictable and exciting to follow. The abstract forms are almost recognizable, yet you’re never sure you know exactly what they are. In allowing the viewer to ascribe their own personal meaning to these forms, he leaves the narrative open to interpretation.
Together, the exuberant application of paint materials and simple but mysterious narratives are a celebration of the wonder and mystery of looking and living.