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international painting annual 2 exhibition-in-print
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David Dorsey
Pittsford, New York


pages 77-79

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Painting represents the heart of my creative life, though I have made a living for many years as a writer. I have painted almost continuously since high school, slowly refining what I do, yet I began exhibiting professionally only in the past four years. I believe painting offers a unique opportunity for visual understanding: non-conceptual, intuitive, immediate and self-contained. I also believe the sort of understanding conveyed through visual means resists conceptualization and words. It's an entirely different, yet crucial way to apprehend the world and what it means to be human, and, for a painter, this is derived from what is primarily physical labor. When successful, you learn to handle paint in such a way that you build a field of light and color which others find as meaningful a meaning just as hard to define, as a piece of music's.


born: Decatur, Illinois


University of Rochester, BA, 1975
University of Illinois, MA, 1976
University of Illinois, MS, 1977

selected awards/honors

Alic E. Koret Award, Memorial Art Gallery, 2009
First Place, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009
Award for Excellent, Art at the X, Xavier University, 2008
K.I. McKenna Award, Woodstock School of Art, 2010

selected group shows

The Rag Factory, Persona, London, UK, 2011
Turchin Center for the Arts, Halpert Biennial, 2011
Oxford Galley, Object Lessons, 2011



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