This work represents my effort to push figurative painting beyond realistic depiction and toward some type of abstraction. I began deconstructing the human form into a kind of pixelisation. I break an image apart, reduce it to tiles of color, and then allow the figure to disperse into the background space.
The goal is to create visual tension; between 2D and 3D representation, negative space and form, color and line.
David Bottoms is a painter living and working in Joshua Tree, CA. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, following a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, he lived in San Francisco for 30 years before moving to the High Desert. David previously worked extensively in digital art and filmmaking before committing himself exclusively to painting.