EILEEN DAVID


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Glen Park Houses

Oil on board

8″ x 8″

Signature: front

Retail Value: $2,800

Minimum Bid: $950

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Having lived in San Francisco most of her adult life, Eileen David has had a lot of time to observe and connect with her surroundings in an intimate way. Eileen’s work in an ongoing dialogue with her everyday environment. As she roams city streets or drives her car, Eileen feels like an explorer, searching for those visceral responses to what she sees. Observation of same scenery repeatedly over time and the play of light in different atmospheric conditions, eventually renders the ordinary, extraordinary.

Though Eileen’s paintings are of San Francisco, the memories she has of growing up in New York informs her work: recollections of soft light on timeworn iconic forms that make up the skeletal bones of the city, those things essential to transporting, connecting, supplying or sheltering us, concrete, steel and wood, houses, roads, trucks and bridges, traffic lights and signs. All of these forms are intrinsic to our lives, yet at the same time are merely backdrop elements of our quotidian urban existence. It is the solidity and endurance, and the visual effects of time wearing on those structures that resonates for Eileen. The patina that results from years and weather, the cracks, graffiti, stains and rust render these objects visually rich unto themselves. Eileen finds herself intensely curious as to how these things interact with the atmosphere around them. It is a magical alchemy between what is earthbound and what is not, what is transient and what is solid, and between those two is the rich matrix of shadows that are born from that mix.

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