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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

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

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

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

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

Les Collections du Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de la Ville de Strasbourg; 2008
Paint on Metal, Modern and Contemporary Explorations and Discoveries, Tucson Museum of Art, 2005
Hypererrealismes USA 1965-1975, Les Musees de Strasbourg, Hazan
Crane, Diane, The Transformation of the Avant Garde, The University of Chicago Press, 1987
Arizona Collects, 20th Century Painting, Fave Litho Ltd., 1986
Lindey, Christine, Superrealist Painting and Sculpture, Morrow and Co, 1980

Waterscapes, Paintings on Metal, O.K. Harris Works of Art, 2006
Getting Real:20th Century American Realism from the Philip Desind Collection, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, 1994
Desert Phenomena, Aluminous Reflections, Riva Yares Gallery, 1992
Boundless Realism, Contemporary Landscape Painting of the West, The Rockwell Museum, 1987
Centennial Distinguished Alumni Exhibition, School of Art, Arizona State University, 1985
Contemporary Images, Watercolor: 1983, Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, 1983
Arizona Biennial ’82, Tucson Museum of Art, 1982
Watercolors 1980, Frumkin & Struve, 1980
Drawing USA 75, Minnesota Museum of Art, 1975-1977

Art in America, “Report from Strasbourg, Reality Show,” Daniel Belasco, March, 2004
Art Press, Paris, October, 2003
Les Journal Des Arts, Paris, September, 2003
Technikart-Paris, September, 2003
Reflets DVA-Strasbourg September, 2003
Le Monde-Paris, August, 2003
Les Echos-Paris, August, 2003
Sudkurier, Konstanz, August, 2003
Frankfurter Rundschau-Frankfurt, August, 2003
Beaux Arts Magazine, Paris, July, 2003
La Marseillaise-Marseille, July, 2003
Reperes, Strasbourg, July, 2003
Die Rheinplatz, July, 2003
Arts Antiques Auctions, July, 2003
Connaissance Des Arts-Paris, July, 2003
Badische Zeitung, Freiburg, July, 2003
Bell’Eurpope-Milan, June, 2003
Telerama-Paris, June.2003
Strasbourg Magazine, June 2003
Arts Actualities Magazine-Clichy, June, 2003
Hebdoscope Strasbourg, June, 2003
Dernieres Nouvelles D’Lasace-Strasbourg, June, 2003
Art in America, “David T. Kessler at Gallery 4,” July-August, 1977

Outstanding Graduate in Studio Art, Arizona State University, 1972

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

A T & T Illinois Bell
Bank of America Kemper Art Collection
Citicorp McDonald’s
Clorox Prudential Life Insurance
Crown Zellerbach Rainier Life Insurance
Dean Witter Shaklee
Dupont deNemours St. Joseph’s Hospital
Foremost McKesson Transamerica
Good Samaritan Hospital U.S. Leasing

Achenbach Foundation
Arizona State University Art Museum
Barrington Arts Center
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Davidson College
De Anza College
Minnesota Museum of Art
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art
Northern Arizona University Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum
Portsmouth Community Arts Center
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Strasbourg Museum of Contemporary Art
Thomas W. Keating Bioscience Research Building
Tucson Museum of Art
University of Minnesota

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