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David Copson: Ethereally Abstract Mixed-media Paintings

Artist David Copson hails from a family of scientists and excelled in math as a student. His heart, however, pulled him toward art, and in particular, printmaking. After 10 years spent in New York City working as a technical director at Atelier Ettinger, he began to specialize in hand-drawn color separations which (when printed one at a time in a specifically matched color) create a print image.

From there, Dave began exploring an abstract expressionistic style of art inspired by vision quests, near death experiences and shamanic journeys. Nowadays, his artwork is meant to inspire beauty and fill one with a sense of awe, and I think you’ll agree it does just that!

In Realization below, it’s easy for us, the viewers, to step out of our comfort zone and into a world of unknowns and endless possibility. His spatial paintings propel us into a thrilling, deep space odyssey.

Realization

David’s use of colors is as complex as his subject matter. I see this painting from two perspectives—one, as if I am looking up and into a magical night sky, and two, as if I’ve been immersed deep in the Milky Way and am floating through infinite space and in between the fabric of time.

This next painting, entitle Unfolding, reminds me of a tunnel through outer space that provides speedy transportation to any and all destinations!

Unfolding-2

I admire the gleaming blackness of deep space, sprinkled heavily with twinkling stars. A supernova bursts forth from a star, expelling (at speeds we can’t begin to comprehend) all sorts of elements and energy that create a dazzling rush of color.

Lastly, Etic Reality is soft and subtle, with pastel hues encompassing the entire painting. Even more notable, however, is the grainy texture that lightly dusts the composition.

Etic-Reality-1

Through this hazy veil we can see a gleaming planet or sun, perfectly round and glowing robustly through the gassy, cloudy atmosphere. Pale sea foam, rose, and lavender hues are utterly romantic, fulfilling the dreamy idea of interstellar wonders one ponders about, but can never fully realize.

This unassuming painting not only inspires, but invites us viewers to make our dreams a reality.

Learn more about David’s journeys—the first into the world of art, and the second into a place of self-discovery and artistic clarification through a quest into the Inyo Mountains—that changed his life’s path forever. Visit his website today.

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