David Urban

David Urban
oil on canvas

10 ins x 8 ins

Estimate: $1800
Price Realised: $ unavailable

Art With Heart Auction
Date of Auction: 10/28/2002
Lot 89

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Toronto painter David Urban works in a style which mediates between abstraction and representation, using an energetic and deeply considered engagement with line, gesture and colour. Known through the 1990s as an abstract modernist, Urban’s solo show at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) in 2002 surprised visitors with representational paintings. His unwillingness to allow himself to be stuck in one particular style marks his malleability as an artist and desire to contribute to the constantly changing contemporary dialogue. His practice is therefore a process of continual development, sharpening and expanding upon what he knows with what he has yet to discover. By being acutely aware of his art, Urban is able to keep his modern abstraction relevant and lively.

Often named as the leading Canadian painter of his generation, Urban has exhibited works in prominent commercial galleries across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and is represented in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada; Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery; and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2002, Urban curated “Painters 15” for the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Shanghai Museum of Art, the first survey of contemporary Canadian art to take place in China. In 2010, Urban was identified by Toronto Life magazine as one of the top 10 artists for first-time buyers to invest in.

Birth Location:
Toronto, ON

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