Susan Calloway Fine Arts Presents David FeBland Stories Red and Blue

By Editorial Team on March 19, 2018
David FeBland, Road Trip, Oil on canvas, 54 x 34. Courtesy of Susan Calloway Fine Arts.
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Reception: Friday, March 23 from 6pm to 8pm
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Artist Talk: Saturday, March 24 from 3pm to 4pm

David FeBland’s work considers issues of privacy, conflict and isolation in contemporary urban life, employing a colorist’s eye and a strong sense of formal compositional structure. He describes the interaction between man and our physical universe through a series of invented truths, a sleight of the facts as it were, inspired by observations. His paintings, drawing upon experiences over a wide range of geographical locations, are driven by a conviction that certain behavioral responses to ones environment are universal.

Critic Brett McCabe described his paintings as such: “These images are disarmingly involving. His ability to instill strongly emotive elements into his work also hints at the more graphic work of Ben Shahn and Diego Rivera. It suggests an evolution of socially conscious realism that both Ashcan artists and Shahn flirted with, a very modern response to the Soviet socialist movement that embraces its more expressive elements…. {this is} a quality that gives the movies of Spike Lee their poignancy, and it’s a spirit that FeBland’s works achieve better than his contemporaries.”

In FeBland’s words, “I’m not particularly interested in making references to popular culture in my work because so much of what we commonly associate with that culture is itself distilled through some medium, originally television but now so many other forms of social media, rather than from direct observation. By creating paintings that derive from my own experience, I become the medium rather than a response to it.”

This is David FeBland’s first show at Susan Calloway Fine Arts.

David FeBland was born in London, England and has received professional degrees from The University of Virginia, USA, The University of Cincinnati and The University of Manchester, UK. A fully self-taught artist, FeBland pursued careers in landscape architecture and advertising illustration as well as hosting jazz radio programs before turning his full-time attention to painting in the mid-1980’s. Since1984, he has bicycled through 55 countries around the world, mostly accompanied by his wife on a tandem bicycle. He has often used his observations in these travels as inspiration for his painting.

An internationally recognized artist, FeBland shows extensively throughout Europe, the UK and the US, where he is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, New York, London, Frankfurt, and Berlin. He has participated in over 70 solo and group shows since 1995 and has been reviewed or featured in Art in America, The New York Times, American Artist Magazine, PBS Television, New American Paintings, The Spectator (UK), and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), amongst many others. He is represented in many art fairs worldwide, including those in Cologne, Hong Kong, Zurich, New York, London, Miami, Dallas, and Frankfurt.

FeBland has served as a juror for numerous national invitational exhibitions and has held a number of academic posts, most recently as Adjunct Professor of Architectural Drawing at City University of New York. His work is held in many corporate collections including American Express, AT&T, Chase Bank, Citibank, IBM, Esprit, Exxon-Mobil, Wassall USA, Inc. and Roland-Berger, GMBH, and he is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York. Included among his solo museum shows are The Museum of the Southwest (Texas) and Der Kunstverein Weinheim (Germany).

A documentary film of his work and methodology was produced early in 2016 by Sabine Carbone Film Productions.

Mr. FeBland currently divides his time residing and working in New York City, NY, Phoenix, and Arizona.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday through Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Susan Calloway Fine Arts is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW.  For more information about the gallery, visit callowayart.com.