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David Stewart (b. 1952)  Artworks >>

A native of North Carolina, David Stewart is known for works of classic realism, as well as some modernist pieces. He received his first art instruction through drawing classes he attended as a child, later going on to receive a degree in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee in 1974. Stewart continued his study of art at New York's Art Students League, beginning in 1978. There his teachers included Robert Beverly Hale, Gustav Rehberger, Daniel Green, Robert Phillips, Robert Maione and David Leffel. In 1982 and 1983, he won the Best of Show award at the League's painting class exhibitions. In 1985, he left New York to spend time painting at the New Mexico ranch of painter R. Brownell McGrew, who, along with his wife Ann, was a supporter of Stewart and his work. Stewart has also studied at the Louvre, London's National Gallery, the Prado, and major museums in the Netherlands. He has traveled throughout the world seeking understanding of diverse cultures, including Mayan, Egyptian, Nepalese, Chinese, Celtic, and Hawaiian traditions. His works are characterized by subtle imagery and chiaroscuro techniques. At times he may reach as far back as to the Ming Dynasty or early Dutch and Flemish schools for inspiration, giving an interesting déjà vu quality to his pieces. His compositions often combine a sense of familiarity along with a Zen-like surprise, and convey a sense of contemplative intimacy and quiet. After living in Santa Fe for several years, Stewart returned to his native North Carolina, to be near the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. His work has been shown at Salmagundi Club National Exhibitions; the Allied Artists of America, New York; the National Academy of Design National Exhibitions, New York; the National Rotary Exhibition, Amarillo Texas; among numerous other places. Source

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