David J Cunningham's(b.1983) interest in art began early due in part to the influence of his older brother and a cousin who are also artists. When David was 16 he started attending classes part-time at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art, a traditional art school that adheres to a stringent French academic tradition as well as taking classes at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. After graduating high school David entered a four year apprenticeship at The Atelier.
Training at the Atelier began with a series of exercises in black and white charcoal drawings of plaster caste busts, before progressing to more difficult things such as still life, portraiture and the human figure in paint. Concurrent with these exercises was the study of life drawing to hone his ability to depict the human form.
After completing the program David took up studying landscape painting while living in southern Argentina and became tuned into the 19th century tonalist painters George Inness and James Mcneil Whistler. Their atmospheric paintings along with the works of countless other painters, musicians, and writers continue to influence his work.
These days David draws his inspiration from the Twin City's he grew up in Minneapolis and Saint Paul Minnesota.
As an artist, my goal has always been to convey an emotion to the viewer with the simplest means. I was trained as a portrait painter and have emulated the work of the great masters for their fluid use of paint. As far as subject matter goes I was raised in a blue collar family and that upbringing has made its mark in my work. I prefer to paint ordinary people in public settings such as bars or cafe’s as well as on the streets or waiting for trains. The genesis of every painting must begin with the question “What are we dealing with.” Every painting must be about something.
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Current Residence: Saint Paul, MN U.S.A.