These works represent part of my ongoing effort to push painting beyond realistic depiction and towards a more dynamic, abstracted realism. I began to deconstruct the imagery I was painting, trying to free-up interpretive possibilities. I wanted to introduce a conceptual element into and onto the picture plane. The result was a kind of organic pixelism.
I break the picture plane apart, reduce shapes to tiles of color, disperse the pieces into the surrounding space, and otherwise disrupt visual continuity. My goal is to create tension between traditional elements of visual art; two dimensional space versus three dimensional, negative space versus form, color versus 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 - with a two year hiatus in Amsterdam - before moving to the High Desert in 2014.
He worked as a Motionographer before committing himself exclusively to painting.