This work represents my efforts to push figurative painting beyond entirely realistic depiction and towards abstraction. I began deconstructing images of the human form into a kind of pixelisation. I break the form apart, reducing it to tiles of color; then allow the pieces to disperse into the surrounding three dimensional 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 last worked as a Motionographer before committing himself exclusively to painting.