An exhibition featuring recent oil paintings by David Hornung.
The subjects I paint are ordinary—walls, ladders, rocks, trees, simple buildings, garden tools, ropes,
bones, rickety tables, and the occasional figure. I paint them because they are timeless yet familiar and
lend themselves to the emblematic mode of representation that I prefer.
I build my paintings up in layers, making many corrections and capitalizing, when I can, on the serendipity
of chance. They are carefully constructed, but the spatial structure can be contradictory, the light can
come from several directions at once, and the narratives hinted at can feel vague, almost accidental.
Color, for its evocation of light and space and connection to the psyche, is central to my work. When
painting, I am always struggling to reconcile a classical need for formal rigor with the equally compelling
truth of awkward happenstance.
I’m drawn to art that reaches high but also has a purchase in everyday experience: art that embraces both
intellectual and emotional responses to being in the world- art that mines the inner life.
David Hornung is a painter, and professor of art. Throughout the latter part of the 20th Century and into the 21st he has taught painting, drawing, and color at a number of art schools and universities including Indiana University, Parsons, Pratt, Skidmore College, Brooklyn College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He currently teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.