Artist Statement DAVID DAUER
From Milton, MA where I live with my wife Deborah. I was a publishing professional for over 30 years as an Art Director now moving back to my roots in painting, working out of a home studio. With a BFA and MFA in Painting from UMass Dartmouth and Kent State University respectively, I bring much to the artistic table.
In re-inventing myself from design to my painting roots I discovered a lost passion. The mixing of colors and their juxtaposition on the canvas as they meet each other. The joy of telling stories which are held within. The paintings begin with free-flowing drawings without intent however usually evolve into a dialogue of the human experience. Whether a creature, a fish or a human form they tend tobe thematic lines relating to “survival of the fittest," or in response to the crazy world we live in.
As a youth I would go to the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and sit for countless hours looking at Paul Gauguin's “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” This one painting had a profound affect on me. Others who helped shape me were Morris Louis, Stuart Davis, and Milton Avery. With all the lessons of my past I am intent on being my own person and not influenced by the trends of today or even yesterday. My old professor/mentor, Edward Togneri (UMass Dartmouth) always told me to follow my heart and let the SELF come out in my work.
COLOR, COLOR, COLOR. STORY, STORY, STORY.