About the Artist
David J Fedeli
“I believe that as an artist, it is not my purpose to dictate what the viewer sees on the canvas, but rather to pose a question that causes them to seek an answer within themselves. Each individual brings their own life experiences into the decision, and for each of them the meaning is truly unique. My passion lies in reaching that inner self, and drawing it into, and out of, my art. My goal is to create a moment that touches their soul.”
David is a Contemporary artist whose work has been described as belonging to a class known as “Neo-Romanticism”, which emerged strongly in the period from about 1880 to about 1910, in Britain.
His work has also been described as “Surreal” but David does not feel that description is entirely accurate. “Quite often I hear people refer to Dali, and while I am obviously flattered, I just don’t see the similarity at all. Our approach to the genre is distinctly different. I feel my work is much more grounded in reality, with a few subtle twists and turns. I don’t feel it ever really moves that far into the realm of the surreal.”
“I strive to maintain enough reality for the viewer to relate to what they see, which allows them to imagine themselves in that place they find depicted in the work.”
David demonstrated natural artistic abilities at a very young age, having his sketches publicly displayed from the early age of 10.
From his early childhood into his early 20’s, David was primarily creating Pencil sketches and Pen & Ink illustrations, mostly portraiture work. He also worked in other mediums, such as Acrylics, Watercolors and Airbrush.He studied Graphic Arts & Fine Arts in San Diego while working as a professional Graphic Designer.
In 2000, he met and became friends with a well-known American artist with an international reputation, who provided David with the direction and focus he had been seeking for so long. David studied one-on-one with the master oil painter Robert Watson for 4 years, until his passing. He reflects that during this time, he learned more about the world of art, both the mental aspect and physical skills, than he had learned in all his years of school.
David spent the next 5 years working to attain a level of skill that his mentor would have approved of, and only began producing work for public display in late 2008, when he felt this objective had been met. David’s style reflects what he learned, falling into the category of surrealism and neo-romanticism. All of his training and disciplines have lead him to realize his true passion, which is painting with Oils. It is here that he feels most content, and he is committed to living and learning this method of expression for many years to come. David’s works show a continual progression as his skills increase and his ideas stretch to the limits of what he has learned and experienced. Even his subject matter has evolved, while maintaining the same truths he learned from Watson.
In 2006, David moved to Colorado, and has found great joy in the abundance of nature and wildlife, as well as the changing of the seasons. He believes that this move to a much more relaxed community, more in harmony with nature, is what finally allowed him to complete his journey of learning and begin to publicly display his work. As his journey of creation continues, it is his fervent desire to bring many more artists and observers into his unique universe.
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Crested Butte Fine Arts Festival
Golden Fine Arts Festival
Evergreen Fine Arts Festival
Loveland Art in the Park
Recent Gallery Showings:
Leap of Faith Gallery ~ Fort Collins, CO
Miners Alley Playhouse / Lakewood Arts Council ~ Golden, CO
Gallery Cuvee ~ Denver, CO
First Descents ~ Denver, CO
Club 5280 ~ Denver, CO
The Peanut Gallery ~ Denver, CO
Lewisone Urban Gallery ~ Arvada, CO
Private Collectors in
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA
Fort Collins, CO
Port Orange, FL