||Approaching Noise (in progress) by David Jon Kassan,
oil painting on wood panel, 40 x 34.
David Jon Kassan: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
Following his initial
drawing studies at University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, David Jon Kassan
attended Syracuse University, in New York, where he studied under Jerome Witkin
and learned that successful, accomplished painters should have both a strong
grasp of the picture-making process as well as a well thought out concept
behind a painting.
While earning his B.F.A., he
was able to take advantage of the school's exceptional art history department,
and on completion of his degree, moved to Brooklyn to continue his studies at
The National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York.
He has won numerous honors
and awards from arts organizations and magazines and most recently was awarded
The Newington-Cropsey Foundation's Travel Award, which enabled him to enrich
his art history studies with classes in Italian Renaissance from the British
Institute, in Florence, Italy. While there, he assembled his thoughts and
sketches into a limited edition book titled Lentamente
He has lectured at
universities around the nation and is currently on the faculty of The Cathedral
of Saint John the Divine, in New York City, where he teaches figure drawing. He
has taught painting workshops to private art groups and at the National Academy
of Design and the Salmagundi Club. His work has been featured in numerous solo
and group exhibitions and is in both public and private collections worldwide.
attests that his work is a way of meditation, a way of slowing down time though
the careful observation of overlooked slices of his environment. It is the
subtlety of emotion in his acquaintances that inhabit the aforementioned
environment that intrigues him. His paintings strive for reality, a chance to mimic life in both scale and
complexity. Kassan is
represented by Gallery Henoch, in New York City. For more information, visit
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