David Grossmann looks over his new work- Matthews Gallery blog

David Grossmann only joined the Matthews Gallery’s stable in May, but his glowing, abstracted landscapes have drawn so much interest that he recently started painting full-time. The change has allowed the 29-year-old artist more opportunities to roam outside his Pueblo, Colorado studio for some plein air adventures. He visited Santa Fe last week to drop off  his latest paintings and tell us some of their stories. Browse the new work and read excerpts from our conversation below:

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On Travel

“I do travel quite a bit. Last week I was at a plein air festival in Breckenridge. I would say I probably spend a third of my time elsewhere. If I stay in my studio for too long, then I just dry up.”

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On Painting Flowers

“This series is definitely different. I painted them in Crested Butte, Colorado, which is the wildflower capital of the state. I was there for a painting event during the Wildflower Festival. Flowers usually seem too colorful and bright for me, but it was like a jungle of flowers and it seemed inspiring. I tried a couple different compositions, and I really like the way they came out.”

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On Painting Architecture 

“I do love architecture. I don’t do as much of it, but it’s a nice change when I do it because it’s so much more solid. With these other paintings I can rearrange at will, but when I’m painting a specific building I want it to look like that building. It demands a bit more attention to detail.”

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On Imagination

“When I work in my studio, I have a few bookshelves around me and I’ll fill them with plein air pieces that are kind of similar in color or theme. That way I draw on all of them. I’ll take a tree from this one and some colors from that one, and it all ends up in a bigger painting. With ‘Sky and Empty Branches’ I wanted to try something that felt more open, and to just have that big sky. I didn’t have any plein air pieces that fit that quite exactly, so I did some smaller studies and played with ideas, and then I liked one of them and tried a bigger version of it.”

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