about the artist

David Oleski. b.1961. Boston, Massachusetts; education: 1983, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; currently living with his wife and several animals in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.

David Oleski has found a voice in his version of an intense scrutiny of the world around him. Following in the footsteps of the 19th century Impressionists, he began a deep exploration into increasingly fragmented views of simple still lifes. He captured a sense of rhythm and atmosphere with sophisticated colors, and thick and deliberate brushwork.

His newest collection of work represents an ongoing artistic evolution shaped and distilled by the observation of light and color. For a decade, the foundational studies of traditional still-life have cultivated the foundation of a departure from the rendition of an actual object; now exploring how the eye can create a composite understanding of nuances of depth and atmosphere through the substance of paint.

In addition to painting and exhibiting in many indoor and outdoor art events across the United States, David also has become involved in the administration of art events, creating the Amagansett Fine Arts Festival in The Hamptons, the Pound Ridge Fine Arts Festival in upstate New York, and most recently the Downingtown Fine Arts Festival, near to his home in Chester county. Since 2000 he has served on the board of directors of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Association, helping to run the two prestigious Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show events in Philadelphia.

While having gained so much from his involvement in painting, traveling and exhibiting, David also teaches introduction to painting workshops, as well as a series of seminars on the business of art for newcomers to the industry.

In addition to his involvement in the visual arts, he also has created an ongoing catalog of short videos. Initially these were created to chronicle his own experiences both in the painting studio and while traveling abroad for source material, but these have evolved into a series of short documentary portraits of several of the artists he considers to be his colleagues and contemporaries.

In 2014 he started construction on a major addition to his house, to create a self-contained painting studio and gallery area. Following completion in early 2016, the space will be open for visits by appointment to view select pieces from his inventory, as well as to see the works-in-progress that may still be on the easel.

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