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 David C. Stewart  (20th century)

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Lived/Active: North Carolina      Known for: classic realism, still life, abstract

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A native of North Carolina, David Stewart is known for works of classic realism, as well as some modernist pieces.

He received his first art instruction through drawing classes he attended as a child, later going on to receive a degree in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee in 1974. Stewart continued his study of art at New Yorks Art Students League, beginning in 1978. There his teachers included Robert Beverly Hale, Gustav Rehberger, Daniel Green, Robert Phillips, Robert Maione, and David Leffel.

In 1982 and 1983, he won the Best of Show award at the Leagues painting class exhibitions. In 1985, he left New York to spend time painting at the New Mexico ranch of painter R. Brownell McGrew, who, along with his wife Ann, was a supporter of Stewart and his work.

Stewart has also studied at the Louvre, Londons National Gallery, the Prado, and major museums in the Netherlands. He has traveled throughout the world seeking understanding of diverse cultures, including Mayan, Egyptian, Nepalese, Chinese, Celtic, and Hawaiian traditions.

His works are characterized by subtle imagery and chiaroscuro techniques. At times he may reach as far back as to the Ming Dynasty or early Dutch and Flemish schools for inspiration, giving an interesting déjà vu quality to his pieces. His compositions often combine a sense of familiarity along with a Zen-like surprise, and convey a sense of contemplative intimacy and quiet.

After living in Santa Fe for several years, Stewart returned to his native North Carolina, to be near the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

His work has been shown at Salmagundi Club National Exhibitions; the Allied Artists of America, New York; the National Academy of Design National Exhibitions, New York; the National Rotary Exhibition, Amarillo Texas; among numerous other places.

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, II:
“Art, like life, is an ever changing process: I change through every painting, and every painting becomes my internal process.” This is how David C. Stewart defines his creativity. His works fit into the realm of Classical Realism with occasional transgressions into Modernism. They are characterized by subtle imagery, which the artist energizes through his accomplished handling of chiaroscuro techniques. Stewart may reach as far back as the Ming Dynasty and into the early Dutch and Flemish Schools to lend an intriguing “déjà-vu” quality to his work.

A native of North Carolina, Stewart’s first sense of art came through drawing classes that he attended as a child. “At this early age, I began to tap into the vein of drawing and painting which was to set the foundation for a life of art later.” Stewart received a degree in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee in 1974.

Several years of study at New York’s Art Students League followed, beginning in 1978. His teachers there included Robert Beverly Hale, Gustav Rehberger, Daniel Green, Robert Phillips, Robert Maione, and David Leffel. In 1982 and 1983, Stewart won Best of Show awards at the League’s painting class exhibitions. In 1985, he left New York to spend time on the New Mexico ranch of painter R. Brownell McGrew, who, with his wife Ann, encouraged and supported Stewart’s achievements.

The artist lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for several years, a place he feels was essential to his formulation of artistic and spiritual pursuits. He then returned to his native North Carolina, choosing to be near the gentle nurturing environment of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Both locations speak deeply, although differently, to Stewart.

Travel has been instrumental to Stewart’s development as a person and a painter. He spent time studying at the Louvre, London’s National Gallery, the Prado, and major museums in the Netherlands. Throughout the years, Stewart has also continued to seek heightened understanding though on-site exploration of highly diverse cultures, encompassing Native American, Mayan, Incan, Pre-Columbian, Egyptian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Chinese, Celtic and Hawaiian traditions.

His compositions often combine familiarity with a Zen-like surprise, resulting in a statement of harmony and meaning. Infused with Eastern inspiration, Stewart’s paintings convey a sense of contemplative intimacy and quiet.

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