David Criner is an American artist working in Chicago. In his recent work, he combines acrylic paint with twentieth century collage material in pursuit of an image which celebrates the present moment. The pop sensibility provided by his embedded images is countered by gestural, spontaneous mark making, creating compositions that bring the past in tension with the present.
David describes his practice as one of observation, in the studio he applies paint, attaches collage elements, and edits portions of the results, a passage inevitably appears that allures him beyond his ability to analyze and comprehend it rationally. Following this discovery, he then works, if not wrestles, to bring it all together.
“It is like stumbling upon a glimpse into a secret world that lies beyond the material surface… I find myself operating as both creator and observer, somehow in charge of the painting’s orchestration, but never more than a step ahead of the painting itself. The painting has a life of its own, and I am only a catalyst at key moments during its development. When I am satisfied with a piece and consider it complete, I feel more like a witness than an owner, as though the spirit of the image continues to pulse just beyond grasp.”
David received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois in 1991, an MFA in Painting from the University of Kansas in 1995. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe. David teaches at Northeastern Illinois University.