I use the convention of portrait painting as a vehicle to explore ideas about paint and abstraction, perception and meaning. The head becomes a place to pile paint. We can always find a face in the clouds, in a spot on the floor, in anything. The head becomes an arena in which I can experiment freely – color next to color, style next to style.
I like the idea of somebody wearing several hats at once, like a hat salesman. There is something about having a whole bunch of things piled up on top of your head. You see this also in some African masks and headdresses, where there is a wearer and a mask and often a spirit or some scene on top.
In portrait painting there is a connection, a rapport between viewer and painting. The painting stares at you and you stare back at it. It is an intimate exchange – even love? There is a magic in making inanimate material animate, to appear to have consciousness. I don’t know who these people are who appear in my paintings before I begin, but as I work their personality emerges, they become alive, and they stare back at me as I work.…Read More
David Tallitsch received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. He has taught drawing, painting, and life drawing at the college level in Iowa and California. His work has been exhibited at the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, Bucheon Gallery in San Francisco, and The Drawing Center in New York. …Read More
M.F.A., University of Iowa
B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute