David Piland

My figurative subject matter tends to have isolated figures in states of transition. They are caught between one place and another emotionally as well as physically. I think we are all in a state of constant change and movement. The landscapes are also very surreal. Infused with human elements, we are always connected to the landscape.

My style of working has always been surreal and conceptual. I have been influenced by a wide variety of artists over the years,
from Thomas Hart Bentton to Francis Bacon to Keith Haring. My ideas are usually generated by free flowing drawing and free
form thought, most are usually never preconceived or thought out. I think this gets to the heart of the creative process and helps me to tap into the subconscious. After I have begun a drawing, the ideas come more freely and easily, almost as though they are drawing themselves. Titles of the pieces also play an integral part of the work as well. They can push or pull the viewer one direction or another.

My formative years were spent at my father’s studio tracing cartoons and copying illustrations out of Illustrators annuals. I attended the High School for the Performing and visual Arts, studying painting and drawing. I studied fine art and illustration at East Texas State University. I have been painting and drawing ever since. I will be posting new works regularly, so please check back soon.

Thanks, David