Acrylic, gel, mixed media on canvas
14 x 10 inches
David Craven : Biography
David Craven was arguably one of the most significant late century participants of Canadian contemporary art. As in the United States, artists of the 1970s were entering the Pop Art Movement in responses to Minimalism, Craven took a very literal approach appropriating the graphic-line, layered surfaces, and literalness into his paintings. Stark line-work and saturated colors grab the eye to discern the imbedded text, which tends read as if partially plagiarized from a familiar advertisement. Yet, unlike the passivity in which an advert gives you information, Craven makes you work for it and in the end you might have more questions than answers but hopefully enjoyed the ride. What makes Carven historically unique is his works at the same time to be complementary to his contemporaries and completely individualistic. The eccentric and unexpected twists and turns in the 21st century seem appropriately captured in the twists and turns of Craven’s paintings.