NanEtte Richardson Gallery

David Ivey

My paintings grow out of the southern rural life my wife and I enjoy close to our home in the country, where we are surrounded by horses, cows, and the many elements of the natural world. I know this world closely, and in my paintings I seek to render seemingly ordinary aspects of its landscape in ways that reveal their extraordinary character and beauty. I do not treat my subjects in a photo realistic manner. Instead, I seek to convey the atmosphere of a particular place at a particular time – the play of light, season, and time of day on the land and animals that inhabit it. My more recent works show this concern for atmosphere through looser brush strokes and the addition of colors to my palette to achieve a harmony of complementary warms and cools that permit me to convey the subtleties of light and time of day. I want those who view my paintings to do more than look at them. I want them to inhabit the world of each painting, to experience it fully.

It was a warm spring morning and I remember sitting in Ms. Brooks first grade class on the second floor of Claiborne Elementary. As usual I was not paying attention to Ms. Brooks or what was going on in class. I was looking out the window, listening and watching the birds. When without warning I suddenly felt a sharp wack on the back of my neck. Instinctively flinching away while turning at the same time to see “those” two piercing eyes zeroing in thru tear drop glasses, was . . . “oh no” . . . Ms. Brooks and her killer ruler. “What are you doing!” was not a question but a declaration that I was in trouble. Words I had heard so many times over the course of that first grade year, words that would wake me from my sleep. I was drawing; I was always drawing and coloring. Now many years later I am still drawing and coloring.

CREATING MY WORKS (by writer, John R Kemp, Louisiana Life – March/April, 2016)..........In recent years, Ivey has developed a convincing painting style that creates his own illusion of reality. “I do not treat my subjects in a photo-realistic manner,” he says, addressing the changing light and atmospheric conditions. “Instead, I seek to convey the atmosphere of a particular place at a particular time – the play of light, season and time of day on the land and animals that inhabit that land. My more recent work shows this concern for atmosphere through looser brush strokes and the addition of colors to my palette to convey the subtleties of light and time of day.” To create these subtleties, Ivey depends less on brushes and more on rapid and brisk strokes of a palette knife that trail off at the edges of the canvas. As a result, his paintings often look unfinished or resemble studies for later paintings in the studio, which in some cases they are. “The effect didn’t start out as a conscious effort,” he says. “It’s a process that evolved over a period of time. The looseness and unfinished appearance around the outer edges of the paintings are more of a statement for me to stop and not to overwork or overstate the painting. I make a statement and leave viewers to draw their own conclusions for the rest of the painting and to carry the painting further emotionally. I want to pull the observer into the painting to not just look and say that is a picture of a cow, horse or landscape but to complete the thought themselves.” To view the complete article go to…… http://www.myneworleans.com/Louisiana-Life/March-April-2016/Dave-Ivey/




Hobbies: Camping, Hiking, Traveling and exploring the outdoors, Motorcycles, Horses and reading.
Personal Motto: I can do all things through Christ
Best Friend: my wife Cathey
Medium
  • Oil
Awards
  • Allied Artists Of America of New York / American Impressionist Society / National Oil and Acrylics Best in America (Signature Membership) / Best Brightest Scottsdale Artist School / River Road National Show
  • Fredericksburg Artist School


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