Toronto artist David Chestnutt creates graphic artwork that is bold, architectural and visually stunning. Check out his website to see more of his work.
As far back as I can remember, Art and creating has been my central motivation. I was fortunate to grow up in a city where students with artistic aptitude were streamed into art classes at quite an early age. From then on I was totally hooked.
Drawing, painting and illustrating skills gave me a career in graphic design, illustration and architectural design for quite a number of years.
All through that period I worked on paintings, mostly in acrylic, and serigraphs, always working in a graphic, hard-edged, geometric vernacular.
I was always an enthusiastic visitor to major galleries and collections and found this a profound inspiration for my own direction in painting.
I have always been fascinated with geometric shapes and patterns, squares, circles and triangles. I like working with patterns or just with the purity of the shape or the image; almost architectural in approach.
The manifestation of color is of prime importance to me; of how one hue complements or changes the appearance of the one to which it is placed next to.
I often work in primary colors and black is an all time favorite as it punches its way through the composition.
Lately I have been working on a series of drawings in ink line. I scan them into a computer and color them digitally. These images are prepared for giclee prints and can range in size up to 34 x 44 inches. I have found this allows for considerable experimentation with colors and gradients.
I have produced a whole series of pencil and ink drawings, which have also been digitized and are printed in the same sizes. The series are called Decline and Fall and Architectonic.
I have always been drawn, no pun intended, to working in an abstract, non objective way. All my inspiration, whether it be painting, architecture or landscape I turn into graphic shapes and images, or, the geometry of Art and Life.