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David FeBland

Nationality  United States
Name  David FeBland
Known for  Fine art

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David FeBland is an internationally recognized American/British artist known for contemporary figurative oil paintings and expressionist urban landscapes. He has presented 52 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs in the US, Europe and Asia. FeBland’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums and is represented in major art collections, such as the Museum of the City of New York, the Chase Manhattan Bank Corporation and The Leo Burnett Corporation. FeBland’s work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications including: The New York Times, Art in America, New American Paintings, The Spectator, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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Early life and education

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Born in London, England, but raised in the US from the age of 6, FeBland was first drawn creatively to music, jazz especially, and went on to host his own jazz radio program in college. He majored in political science at the University of Cincinnati. After obtaining his degree he studied town planning and design at the University of Manchester in England. FeBland later earned a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia, and worked as a landscape architect in Cambridge, MA before moving to Manhattan in 1977. Eventually FeBland moved into a career in the world of advertising and illustration in Manhattan from 1977 to 1991. Working for all the major agencies particularly JW Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, and Leo Burnett Worldwide. During this time FeBland designed logos for Old Spice and Disneyland, and illustrated the entire Agatha Christie Mystery Series for Pocket Books. He also created artwork for Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive, City Heat and Driving Miss Daisy as well as for the Broadway musical adaptation of the film, Big. At the age of 40, FeBland left his career in illustration to focus exclusively on fine art.

Fine arts career

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FeBland has said that he began creating imagery in his head long before he began actually producing art. He has explained that he didn’t even think of himself as an artist until reaching his 20’s, and began to create wholly self-expressive work only as he approached the age of 40. The seminal experience of moving at an early age from rural England to Coney Island, NY, where he observed the raucous street life of a working class seaside town, gestated during his early professional years as an illustrator and found expression in the late 1980s.

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At that time, FeBland committed himself to fine art and began to participate in group exhibitions in New York City and Europe. Having taken a non-traditional route into the world of fine art, FeBland began by entering competitions and group exhibitions wherever they were calling for artists, building a resume quickly over the next few years. Eventually this led to his inclusion in a show at the National Academy Museum as well as some critical press. In 1997, he began a series of solo exhibitions at Woodward Gallery and Caelum Gallery in NYC, and Fraser Gallery in Washington, DC. Additional museum exhibitions followed, as well as permanent commercial gallery representation primarily in the United States and in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2004, FeBland began showing commercially in London, UK, in 2006 in Italy, in 2011 in Berlin, Germany and most recently in Denmark as well as in art fairs throughout Europe.

Subjects and working method

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FeBland is an artist concerned with human interaction and issues of conflict and isolation, most often in the urban environment. His paintings are set internationally and describe the global melting pot. Contemporary street life, urban chaos, and cultural juxtapositions are his subjects. His work reveals the psychology and tension of these daily collisions. FeBland stages his subjects and is a studio painter working from photos, life and memory.

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He has said that "We carry a few essential ideas into and through our creative lives. We go back to them again and again in a process of refinement. Our craft improves, we discover new methodologies and media, but they always support a nucleus of what I would call essential truths that we form early in our experience." He further describes his work thusly, "My own work eschews most references to popular culture and art world homages, and I believe that its relevance within the art world may suffer for it… If my work does have significance, then this will be demonstrated over the life of my career (or beyond it) where each painting represents a building block in service to a greater purpose, a vastly larger idea that becomes apparent in the fullness of time."


An accomplished lifelong athlete, FeBland has bicycled point to point through 44 countries and is a longtime resident of Manhattan.

Critical response

“FeBland does a kind of Ashcan School at a raw hip-hop pace. (His) paint can be lush, aptly thick and vividly colored, but it is his critique of urban America through his subject matter that carries the work. Those wary, nervous scurrying participants, raging and fearing in the tumultuous city, empower the paintings.”

“Although there is a definite narrative element to FeBland’s paintings, the tale is never explicitly told. Reminiscent of Garry Winogrand’s or Robert Frank’s black-and-white photographs of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s, the paintings say something about American life, but the story is archetypical, not personal. The images resonate with the unconscious, like a message revealed in a dream.”

"These images are disarmingly involving. Though FeBland’s work has been compared to the Ashcan School of Robert Henri and John Sloan – with nods to George Bellows and Edward Hopper as well – his ability to instill strongly emotive elements into his work also hints at the more graphic work of Ben Shahn and Diego Rivera. It suggests an evolution of socially conscious realism that both Ashcan artists and Shahn flirted with, a very American response to Soviet socialist realism that embraces its more expressive elements….[this is] a quality that gives the movies of Spike Lee their poignancy, and it’s a spirit that FeBland’s works achieve better than his contemporaries.”

"His technique is gorgeously developed, but, as all technique should be, in perfect tandem with the content it most agreeably serves. Even so, FeBland is a direct descendant of the Boldiniesque tradition which seeks to wow the spectator with painterly moves. Yet FeBland's capacity to impress with bravura alone is held in check by his ability to hang out on a limb and strike at the heart of who we are and how we manage in urban environments that are out of step with human needs, yet irreducibly private. He has taken a brutally pre-emptive world and populated it, not with grinning lunatics, but people with urgent needs and obsessive yearnings. FeBland's claim to our minds and senses consists in his persistent willingness to take the old picture and run with it - run well past our conventional expectations toward a place where the rulebook is held up to ridicule after it has been consulted on a fine point of construction.”

Selected solo exhibitions

  • Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt, Germany 2015, 2013, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002
  • Panter & Hall Gallery, London, UK 2013, 2010, 2008, 2006
  • Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin, Germany, 2014, 2012
  • George Billis Gallery; Los Angeles, CA, 2014 & New York, NY, 2012
  • Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC; 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2001, 1999
  • Mason Murer Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA 2010
  • Anna Bondonio Gallery, Alba, Italy; 2008
  • Brenda Taylor Gallery, NYC NY 2008
  • Galerie Thilo Winterberg, Munich, Germany; 2006
  • Galerie Vömel, Düsseldorf, Germany; 2004
  • Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX; 2000, 2003
  • Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX 2001
  • Selected group exhibitions

  • Arnot Art Museum, NY 2005
  • Aljira Center for Contemporary Art; Newark, N.J. 1997
  • Butler institute of American Art; 2000
  • Chrysler Museum of Art Biennial; 1998
  • Denise Yapp Fine Art, Wales, UK, 2012
  • Galeri Franz Pedersen, Denmark; 2008
  • Hidell-Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC; 2011
  • Katonah Museum, NY; 1998
  • Lancaster Museum of Art; 1997
  • National Academy Museum, NYC 1996
  • Pasadena Arts Center, Pasadena, CA, 1998
  • Portsmouth Museum of Art; 2009
  • Art fairs

  • The Armory Show/ADAA Art Fair; 2005, 2003
  • AAF Contemporary/Hong Kong: 2014
  • Art Karlsruhe; 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007
  • Art Copenhagen; 2009
  • Red Dot Art Fair/NYC; 2010
  • Red Dot Art Fair/Miami; 2009
  • Bridge Art Fair/Miami; 2008
  • Toronto International Art Fair; 2010
  • Kunst Zurich Art Fair, 2006
  • References

    David FeBland Wikipedia

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