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Object Name Painting
Description David Kapp (1953- ) received his BFA from Windham College in 1974 and his MFA from Queens College in 1977. He has been painting in NYC, its roadways, pedestrians, and vehicles for nearly thirty years. Influenced by the Bay Area Figurative School and the New York realists and utilizing the thick gestural brushwork of the Abstract Expressionists, Kapp walks the line between abstraction and representation. Although Kapp begin his study of New York with nocturnal scenes realized with an emitted palate, he moved to diurnal views in the early 1990's. As evidenced in "June", the move to diurnal painting also involved a marked change in palette: rich, luscious, saturated colors. Kapp would lend vibrancy to his paintings with a bright under-painting. This composition made in the center of intersections, and begininning in the 1980's, photographs. Although capturing a glimpse of speed and movement in city life, Kapp's paintings do not tell stories, but record movements. "I think what a painting is is possibilities, when you're painting, how can many different directions can something go? It's like a light or motion or a speed. It's maintaining things that are ambiguous, resolving a beautiful state of ambiguity."
Date 1996
Artist Kapp, David
Dimensions W-58 L-38 inches
Collection Permanent Collection