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David Row

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Statement/Biography

David Row is an artist who has spent nearly 25 years devising abstract paintings that seek to capture the tenor and grit of contemporary experience. He has developed a stunning visual vocabulary derived directly from the building blocks of art making: ­ line, composition, and form. Skirting on the edges of intense passion and the precession of technology, Row's paintings are as seductive as they are, layered with sharp lines and scraped surfaces; all creating rich tapestries of color and contrasting tones. His trademark undulating curvilinear strokes seem contained only for a moment by the edges of the canvas, and then pass out of view — extending to some infinitely distant destination.


David Row was born in Portland, Maine in 1949. Row is a Yale graduate (MFA 1975, BA cum laude 1972), where he was honored as Scholar of the House in Painting at Yale (1971-1972), and with a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting (1987). He received the Isaac N. Maynard Prize for Painting from the National Academy Museum, in New York (2008). Row has shown regularly in New York City since the early 80’s, as well as in France, Japan, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Finland and Ireland. His works are in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including The Brooklyn Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. His 20’ mural, Roundtrip, was commissioned by architect Cesar Pelli for the Washington National Airport project, with Row’s painting, Split Infinitive, on exhibit in the entrance lobby of the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, Maine. Row has pursued his professional career as a painter, living and working in New York City.  He is an Associate Professor for the MFA Fine Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts.