David Kapp

About Artist: David Kapp was born in New York City in 1953. Influenced by the New York School, he went to the Walden School in New York, received a BFA from Windham College in Putney, Vermont and an MFA from Queens College CUNY. His work has been shown all over North America, including David Beitzel Gallery, Manhattan Art, Alpha Gallery and Albright-Knox Art Gallery. His paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Brooklyn Museum, NY and the Museum of the City of New York, NY. Kapp's awards include the American Academy & National Institute of Arts & Letters, 1995 and 1985, the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the CAPS Fellowship in Painting. Using his body as a tool, measure, and filter, Kapp paints the forms of movement found in the urban landscape. The cityscape here as subject matter is a pretext. Through response to and representation of his immediate environment, Kapp treats his body as a filter, allowing the patterns, speeds, and spatial relationships of New York City to seep through his body and onto the painted surface. Rather than investigating the psychology or personal narrative of the city life, Kapp's use of cityscape exemplifies a key property of all scenes, environments, and societies: the accidental, incongruent, and yet harmonious relationships of movement. Kapp's subject matter acts as a metaphor for painting itself. One brush stroke that marks a car literally renders the car's form as a moving force. It also draws attention to the artist's speed and motion in the act of painting. Kapp's work is grounded in his process, each painting a finished image and record of its own making.

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