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David Stanger
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Seton Hill University, Assistant Professor

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My work is tempered and stimulated by the rich and varied traditions of representational painting, and attempts to translate the activity of my seeing into meaningful pictorial structure.  Accuracy and likeness are not the reason I set out to make a painting, they are simply a condition of its being.   It is the technical narrative, the physical index of the painter's accumulated decisions that drives the contemporary importance of painting as an art.

Often developed from unexpected visual encounters that fascinate and tug at me, my work begins as a glance that leads to sustained observation and enduring, meaningful experiences.  As a painting begins to grow, the surface gains a history and begins to hold a measured pictorial intensity commensurate to those very impulses that set the whole process in motion.

The painting Susheela is a portrait of my wife seated in the studio surrounded by the half light of an autumn day.


born: 1976, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA, 2003
Syracuse University, BFA, 1998

selected awards/honors

Residency, Vermont Studio Center, 2012 & 1999
First Prize, The Figure Now, Fontbonne University, 2011
Purchase Award, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2000

selected publications

Manifest Gallery; The Nude.  Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Press, August 2012
Manifest Gallery; The Observed.  Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Press, November 2011
American Jewish Museum; Making Hope Happen.  Pittsburgh, PA, February 2008

selected group shows

Manifest Gallery: Nude, Cincinnati, OH, 2012
Fontbonne University: The Figure Now, St. Louis, MO, 2011
Seraphin Gallery: Out of Line, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
Mattress Factory: Gestures, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003



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