David graduated from the University of Calgary in 1985 with a Degree in Fine Art. After university, David became interested in expanding the scope of his work beyond the traditional. This quest led him to begin experimenting with a number of authentic painting mediums, including acrylic paint where he discovered its unique flexibility and properties. The use of acrylic paint allowed David to create a wide variety of original and modern abstract paintings that defined his style throughout the 1990’s. More recently, David's love of hiking, canoeing, and camping have awakened a desire to combine his love of outdoors with his love of painting. David’s focus is not on capturing the beauty and splendor offered by Mother Nature on canvas. David has been able to combine his early abstract art with his present "en plein air" genre to create a unique interpretation of the beauty of the landscape that he experiences first hand. David's distinctive style has been well received and his paintings have been featured in art galleries in western Canada.
"As artists it is our instinct to reflect on nature, and to interpret, capture, and create all that influences us". - David J. Veres
As a contemporary painter born in this country, I am continually searching for new forms of expression in my work that both expand the act of painting and push the visual envelope of the “Canadian landscape” to new limits. Finding inspiration from The Group of Seven and their contemporaries, I want my work to evoke a physical presence, one that describes more of a manufactured process and is more closely linked to sculpture than to painting.
My approach to creating these three-dimensional biomorphic forms follows similar steps to that of casting in bronze or fibreglass, but uses acrylic paint and gel as a medium. Once the acrylic gel has cured in the molds, they are separated to reveal large skins of acrylic paint. These forms are collaged in pieces or entirety on the canvas to create the textured surface and complete painting.
By processing the subject matter differently, the end result produces my own pictorial vocabulary that describes nature differently and opens new insights.
The enjoyment from many years of traditional landscape painting and utilizing the new materials available today has inspired this new direction in my work.
- David J Veres
SELECTED GROUP & SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Modern Canadian Landscapes III, Solo Show, Master's Gallery
2014 Modern Canadian Landscapes II, Solo Show, Masters Gallery, Calgary
2014 Artist Demonstration, Effusion Gallery, Invermere
2013 Modern Canadian Landscapes, Solo Show, Masters Gallery, Calgary
2010 The White Pine, Solo Show, Masters Gallery, Calgary
2009 When Land Meets Sky, Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
2008 “U8” Show, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna
2008 Mountains and Plains, Webster Galleries, Calgary
2007 Terra Firma, Webster Galleries, Calgary
2007 Group Show, Gallery on Main, Lacombe
2006 Annual Spring Gala, Gallery on Main, Lacombe
2006 This Land, Webster Galleries, Calgary
2005 A Painterly View, Webster Galleries, Calgary
2005 Landscapes of the West, Art Beat Gallery, St. Albert
2005 Alberta Centennial Celebration, Gallery on Main, Lacombe
2004 West Goes East, Webster Galleries (Veres and Douglas Van Galen),
2004 Inaugural Exhibition, Webster Galleries, Calgary
2004 Mountain Moments, Webster Galleries, Calgary
2003 Two Women and Two Men, Nolan & Reid Fine Art, Calgary
2003 Juried Members Show, Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
2002 A Journey of Modern Acrylic Painting Solo Exhibition, Fosbrooke Fine
2001 Christmas Group Show, Fosbrooke Fine Arts, Calgary
2001 Introduction of New Works, Fosbrooke Fine Arts, Calgary
1997 Day Into Night, Nolan & Reid Fine Art, Calgary
1997 Men’s Work, Center Gallery, Calgary
1997 Group Exhibition, Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
1996 New Art – 3 Man Exhibition, Loading Bay Gallery, Calgary
1996 Friends of the Loading Bay, Loading Bay Gallery, Calgary
1996 Annual October Show and Sale, Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
1995 Group Show, Loading Bay Gallery, Calgary
1995 Waterworks, Loading Bay Gallery, Calgary
1994 Visiting Artist’s Program, Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
1994 Visiting Artist’s Workshop, Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
1993 Annual Exhibition and Sale, Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary
1992 Annual October Show and Sale, Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
1991 Annual October Show and Sale, Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
1990 Annual Exhibition and Sale, Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary
1986 Artwalk, Masters Gallery, Calgary
1985 Solo Exhibition, Gulf Canada Square, Calgary
1985 BFA Graduating Show, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary
1985 Selected Works from BFA Graduating Show, Gulf Canada Square,
Since the beginning of his professional art career in 1985, David has been an entrepreneur involved both in the creation of art, and the business of art. Hundreds of paintings have been sold through his own (Loading Bay Gallery 1994-1996) and other Alberta and BC galleries. It is impossible to list the anonymous collectors who have acquired David's work through a gallery. Dozens of paintings have been, and continue to be, donated to non-profit and charity organizations. The final owners of these donated works are again, anonymous to the artist. Some collections that the artist is aware of include: Nexen, Alberta Amateur Hockey Association, The Calgary Flames, The Calgary Stampeders, The Brandon Wheat Kings, Hockey Canada, EnCana, McCarthy Tetrault, Bennett Jones, Sharecom Industries, Yorkton Securities, Crowfoot Image Auto Body, Verimap, Ranks Petroleum Marketing, Rio Alto Exploration, Marmot Concrete, Toole Peet and Co., RBC Dominion, Western Canadian Veterinary Specialists, and Gulf Canada.
COMMUNITY DONATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS
2008 Painting for image on Lake O’Hara's annual Trails Club "Art" t-shirt
2007 2nd place in the Canadian Stamp project sponsored by the Alberta Law
Society and their 100 year anniversary
2005 Magazin' Art "Paying Homage to the Canadian Landscape" article
1994 Visiting Artist's Program – Leighton Art Foundation, De Winton
1990 Brandon Wheat Kings – "Someday" print
1989 Alberta Children’s Hospital – "Lanny MacDonald" print
1988 Alberta Children’s Hospital – "Saturday Morning" print
1987 Children's Wish Foundation
Beginning in 1986 David has been donating art (and picture framing services) to the community to support non-profit, and charitable organizations. In the 80s and 90s David's contributions to Alberta Children's Hospital resulted in hundreds of prints being sold to raise thousands of dollars. In 2008 one of his works of art was chosen for the annual Lake O'Hara T Shirt to raise funds to maintain the trails of Lake O'Hara (which he has hiked and painted numerous times). Some of the organizations to benefit from donations include:
ACHIEVE Calgary, Calgary Down Syndrome Society, Brain Injured Relearning Centre, ARUSHA International Development Resource Centre, Head Injured Relearning Centre, The Mavericks Chuck Wagon Team, Calgary Impact Society.
David is grateful to friends and family for their support and investment in the arts. He thanks the gallery owners, the staff, the friends, the family, and the anonymous clients who acquire and admire his work.