David Kessler

Biography

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010
Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2009
O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2008
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Susan Street Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
2007
Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2006
OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
Ogilvie-Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Ogilvie-Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003
Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
2002
Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

2001
Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2000
Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1999
Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1996
Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ
1987
Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1985
Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1983
Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
Sedona Art Museum, Sedona, AZ
1981
Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1979
Phil Descind’s Capricorn Gallery, Bethesda, MD
1977
Gallery 4, Alexandria, VA
1976
ADI Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1973
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010
Stricoff Fine Arts, New York, NY
2009
Plus One Gallery, London, England
2008
Ogilvie-Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007
Introductions II, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
2006
“Arts Botanica” Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
2005
“Paint of Metal” Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2003
“Hyperrealism, USA, 1965-1975” Strasbourg Museum of Contemporary Art, Strausbourg, France
2002
“As Real as it Gets, Superrealism and Photorealism” Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
2001
Inaugural Show, Vanier Fine Art, Tucson, AZ
2000
Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1999
“New Acquisitions Show” Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
1997
“Landscapes” Virginia Miller Galleries, Miami, FL
1996
“Living with Art” Bruce Kapson Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1995
“Paintings” Barrington Area Arts Center, Barrington, IL
1994
“Getting Real, 20th Century American Realism, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
1993
“Arizona Artists” Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
1992
Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1989
“Exhibition of Master Works” Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Sazama Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988
“Elemental Visions/Personal Landscapes” Art Museum of South Texax, Corpus Christi, TX
1987
“Boundless Realism: Contemporary Landscape Painting of the West” The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
“The Phil Sescind Collection” Butler Institute o American Art, Youngstown, OH
1986
Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Palm Springs, CA
“Arizona Collects, 20th Century Painting” Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
1985
“Centennial Distinguished Alumni Exhibition, Arizona State University” The Arizona Bank Galleria, Phoenix, AZ
1984
“A Sense of Place: The Essence of Contemporary Southwest Art” Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1983
“The Southwest Invitational” Yuma, AZ
1982
“Contemporary Watercolors from Frumkin-Struve Gallery” University of Wisconsin Foster Art Gallery, Eau Clair, WI
“14th Annual Watercolor West” Utah State University, Logan, UT
1981
“Watercolors” Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Contemporary American Watercolors” Illinois Bell, The Lobby Gallery, Chicago, IL
1980
“Watercolors 1980” Frumkin-Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2008
Les Collections du Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de la Ville de Strasbourg
2005
Paint on Metal, Tucson Museum of Art

2004
Art in America, March
2003
Hyperrealisms, USA Les Musees de Strasbourg, Hazan
Les Journal Des Arts, Paris, September
Technikart-Paris, September
Beaux Arts Magazine, Paris, July
La Marseillaise-Marseille, July
Reperes, Strasbourg, July
Die Rheinplatz, July
Arts Antiques Auctions, July
Connaissance Des Arts-Paris, July
Frankfurter Rundschau-Frankfurt
Le Monde-Paris
Bell’Europe-Milan, June
Reflect DVA-Strasbourg
Les Echos-Paris
Telrama-Paris, June
Strasbourg Magazine, June
1987
Crane, Diane, The Transformation of the Avant Garde, The University of Chicago Press
1986
Arizona Collects, 20th Century Painting, Fave Litho Ltd.
1980
Lindey, Christine, Superrealist Painting and Sculpture, Morrow and Co.
1977
Art in America, July-August

SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

AT&T
Arco
Bank of America
Citicorp
Crown Zellerbach
Dean Witter
Dupont deNemours
Foremost McKesson
IBM
Illinois Bell
ITEL
Kemper Art Collection
McDonald’s
Prudential Life Insurance
Rainier Life Insurance
Shaklee
St. Joseph Hospital
Transamerica
U.S. Leasing

SELECTED MUSEUM AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Achenbach Foundation (San Francisco, CA)
Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, AZ)
Barrington Arts Center (Barrington, IL)
Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY)
Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
De Anza College (Cupertino, CA)
Minnesota Museum of Art (St. Paul, MN)
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art (Monterey, CA)
Northern Arizona University Art Museum (Flagstaff, AZ)
Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ)
Portsmouth Community Arts Center (Portsmouth, OR)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA)
Scottsdale Center for the Arts (Scottsdale, AZ)
Strasbourg Museum of Contemporary Art (Strasbourg, France)
Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ)
University of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN)
DAVID KESSLER [American, b.1950] is an extraordinary painter who has created a unique art form that holds a viewers attention by accentuating the paradox of the flat painted surface with the visual illusion of depth and space. Using a perfected technique in the photo-realist tradition developed over the past twenty-five years, the artist has created a series of spectacular waterscape paintings that incorporate realistic imagery painted over a surface of abraded and polished aluminum. This combination of hybrid elements forces the viewer to shift their perception to accommodate the incongruity of light being reflected from the metal surface, while at the same time being absorbed by the painted areas. This reinforces the strange visual perplexity of the paintings that are at the same time realistic and holographic.