DAVID PATRICK TROWBRIDGE
"When you start working, everybody is in your studio - the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas - all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you're lucky, even you leave."
John Cage to Philip Guston
Fifteen years ago I enrolled at Pacific Northwest College of Art. While I was there I met some of Portlands greatest artists who taught me how to paint, and more importantly, how to see. After completing the program in four years, I was invited to join Gallery 114 in the Pearl District. For the next five years I learned how to run a gallery and coordinate exhibitions for myself and others. The relationships that I developed at PNCA and Gallery 114 are key to my success today, providing friends that collaborate with me and offer much-needed criticism and encouragement.
I create paintings by entering into a call-and-response relationship with nature. It's a negotiation. Nature suggests colors, shapes, and textures which I work with to develop a painting that is ultimately independent of the scene that influenced it. My goal is to simplify the inputs and translate all of natures language (clouds, branches, leaves, etc) into the language of paint (strokes, smears, splatters). This process generally results in paintings described as abstract, but to me just show varying degrees of likeness to the objects that influenced them.
My process builds on history yet remains contemporary. Some of my materials remain virtually unchanged for hundreds of years (brushes and canvas) and some are contemporary or uncommon to art-making (wiper blades, brooms,& BB guns). By using un-traditional materials and local scenery as my subject, I strive to make paintings that are of my time, and of my region.
November 18, 2011 Pacific City Sun