Project Description

David T Kessler

Perception of reality varies from person to person, but generally conforms to a unified belief as dictated by physical laws, and a common acceptance of the existing phenomena recorded by our eyes.

One of the most powerful tools an artist possesses is an ability to bridge the gap between what is considered real and what is illusion. A painter can use a canvas like a window to direct images through the eye-gate of the viewer and thus manipulate our perception as indicated by what is seen. This ability to alter or enhance reality is the very crux of what an artist is all about, and their success at attaining this is usually the defining element as to their stature in the field, as either an abstract or realist painter. Occasionally a painter is able to combine these two distinct disciplines and create an art form, which holds a viewer’s attention by balancing the paradox of the flat painted surface with the illusion of depth and space.

For over twenty years, David T Kessler followed a Photo-Realist tradition, using acrylic and airbursh to vivify his landscapes, often the Arizona desert where he lives. These highly complex and consummately crafted paintings have drawn the attention of collectors and curators from all over the country.

Kessler’s paintings invoke and utilize both the Romantic response to nature, one that eulogizes the sublime, awe-inspiring vista and the Classical response to landscape, which is lyrical and domesticated.

David Kessler was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. He received a BFA degree from Arizona State University in 1972 and his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1975. His paintings have been exhibited internationally since 1977 with shows in Tokyo, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Kessler’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Minnesota Museum of Art and the United States Embassy among others. He is also represented in the corporate collections of IBM, Prudential Life Insurance, McDonald’s, AT&T, Clorox and others nationwide. The artist lives and works in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Born in 1950; Park Ridge, New Jersey

EDUCATION
1975 MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1972 BFA, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

AWARDS
1972 Outstanding Graduate in Studio Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ
2016 Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA
2014 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
2013 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
2012 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
2012 Dean Day Gallery, Houston, TX
2012 M Contemporary, Annapolis, MD
2011 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
2010 Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2009 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2008 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2008 Susan Street Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
2007 Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2006 OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2006 Ogilvie-Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 Ogilvie-Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
2002 Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
2001 Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2000 Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1999 Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1996 Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1996 Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ
1996 Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1987 Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1985 Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1983 Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1983 Sedona Art Museum, Sedona, AZ
1981 Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
1979 Phil Descind’s Capricorn Gallery, Bethesda, MD
1977 Gallery 4, Alexandria, VA
1976 ADI Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1973 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Au Gallery, Boston, MA
2015 Mason Fine Arts. Atlanta, GA
2014 The West Select, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2014 Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Plus One Gallery, London, England
2013 Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2013 Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
2012 Etra Fine Art, Miami, FL
2011/12 Art Basel, Miami, FL
2011 Ogilvie-Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 Stricoff Fine Arts, New York, NY
2009 Plus One Gallery, London, England
2008 Ogilvie-Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 Introductions II, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV
2006 “Arts Botanica” Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
2005 “Paint of Metal” Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2005 “Paint of Metal” Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2003 “Hyperrealism, USA, 1965-1975” Strasbourg Museum of Contemporary Art, Strausbourg, France
2002 “As Real as it Gets, Superrealism and Photorealism” Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
2001 Inaugural Show, Vanier Fine Art, Tucson, AZ
2000 Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1999 “New Acquisitions Show” Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
1997 “Landscapes” Virginia Miller Galleries, Miami, FL
1996 “Living with Art” Bruce Kapson Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1996 Riva Yares Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1995 “Paintings” Barrington Area Arts Center, Barrington, IL
1994 “Getting Real, 20th Century American Realism, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
1993 “Arizona Artists” Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
1992 Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1989 “Exhibition of Master Works” Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1989 Sazama Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 “Elemental Visions/Personal Landscapes” Art Museum of South Texax, Corpus Christi, TX
1987 “Boundless Realism: Contemporary Landscape Painting of the West” The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
1987 “The Phil Sescind Collection” Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1986 Elaine Horwitch Galleries, Palm Springs, CA
1986 “Arizona Collects, 20th Century Painting” Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
1985 “Centennial Distinguished Alumni Exhibition, Arizona State University” The Arizona Bank Galleria, Phoenix, AZ
1984 “A Sense of Place: The Essence of Contemporary Southwest Art” Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1983 “The Southwest Invitational” Yuma, AZ
1982 “Contemporary Watercolors from Frumkin-Struve Gallery” University of Wisconsin Foster Art Gallery, Eau Clair, WI
1982 “14th Annual Watercolor West” Utah State University, Logan, UT
1981 “Watercolors” Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981 “Contemporary American Watercolors” Illinois Bell, The Lobby Gallery, Chicago, IL
1980 “Watercolors 1980” Frumkin-Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2017 Artbeat, “The Ripple Effect,” March, 2017
2016 University Hospitals, Artwork from the Collection of University Hospitals, 2016
2015 45 Years at OK Harris, 2015
2014 The US West Select, Phoenix Art Museum
2014 Artists and Illustrators, How I Made Reflections over Koi, April 2014
2014 Phoenix Home and Garden, Reflections on Water, July 2014
2008 Les Collections du Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de la Ville de Strasbourg; 2008
2005 Paint on Metal, Modern and Contemporary Explorations and Discoveries, Tucson Museum of Art, 2005
2006 Waterscapes, Paintings on Metal, OK Harris Works of Art
2004 Art in America, “Report from Strasbourg, Reality Show,” Daniel Belasco, March, 2004
2003 Hypererrealismes USA 1965-1975, Les Musees de Strasbourg, Hazan
2003 Art Press, Paris, October, 2003
2003 Les Journal Des Arts, Paris, September, 2003
2003 Technikart-Paris, September, 2003
2003 Reflets DVA-Strasbourg September, 2003
2003 Le Monde-Paris, August, 2003
2003 Les Echos-Paris, August, 2003
2003 Sudkurier, Konstanz, August, 2003
2003 Frankfurter Rundschau-Frankfurt, August, 2003
2003 Beaux Arts Magazine, Paris, July, 2003
2003 La Marseillaise-Marseille, July, 2003
2003 Reperes, Strasbourg, July, 2003
2003 Die Rheinplatz, July, 2003
2003 Arts Antiques Auctions, July, 2003
2003 Connaissance Des Arts-Paris, July, 2003
2003 Badische Zeitung, Freiburg, July, 2003
2003 Bell’Eurpope-Milan, June, 2003
2003 Telerama-Paris, June.2003
2003 Strasbourg Magazine, June 2003
2003 Arts Actualities Magazine-Clichy, June, 2003
2003 Hebdoscope Strasbourg, June, 2003
2003 Dernieres Nouvelles D’Lasace-Strasbourg, June, 2003
1994 Getting Real:20th Century American Realism from the Philip Desind Collection Catalogue, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, 1994
1992 Desert Phenomena, Aluminous Reflections Catalogue, Riva Yares Gallery, 1992
1987 Boundless Realism, Contemporary Landscape Painting of the West Catalogue, The Rockwell Museum, 1987
1987 Crane, Diane, The Transformation of the Avant Garde Catalogue, The University of Chicago Press, 1987
1986 Arizona Collects, 20th Century Painting Catalogue, Fave Litho Ltd., 1986
1985 Centennial Distinguished Alumni Exhibition Catalogue, School of Art, Arizona State University, 1985
1983 Contemporary Images, Watercolor: 1983 Catalogue, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, 1983
1982 Arizona Biennial ’82 Catalogue, Tucson Museum of Art, 1982
1980 Watercolors 1980, Frumkin & Struve, 1980
1980 Lindey, Christine, Superrealist Painting and Sculpture Catalogue, Morrow and Co, 1980
1977 Drawing USA 75 Catalogue, Minnesota Museum of Art, 1975-1977
1977 Art in America, “David T. Kessler at Gallery 4,” July-August, 1977

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
McDonald’s, Oak Brook, IL
Clorox, Oakland, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
INTEL, Santa Clara, CA
Kemper Art Collection, Chicago, IL
Citicorp, New York, NY
Barrington Arts Center, Barrington, IL
Davidson College, Davidson, NC
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ
Portsmouth Community Arts Center, Portsmouth, NH
Strasbourg Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France
Thomas W. Keating Bioscience Research Building, Tucson, AZ
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Renown Hospital, Reno, NV
Bio 5 Research Facility, Tucson, AZ
Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH
Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Downey, CA
Methodist Hospital, Willowbrook, TX
Parkview Regional Medical, Fort Wayne, IN
AT&T, Dallas, TX                                   
Illinois Bell, Chicago, IL
Arco, La Palma, CA                                               
Bank of America, Charlotte, NC                                                                       
Prudential Life Insurance, Newark, NJ
Crown Zellerbach, Augusta, GA                       
Rainier Life Insurance, Seattle, WA
Dean Witter, New York, NY                                   
Shaklee, Pleasanton, CA
Dupont deNemours, Wilmington, DE                                   
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
Foremost McKesson, San Francisco, CA                                    
Transamerica, Cedar Rapids, IA
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA                       
U.S. Leasing
IBM, Armonk, NY
Palo Alto Foundation, Palo Alto, CA
M D Anderson, Houston, TX

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