E. David Dornan
E. David Dornan was born in Helper, Utah in 1954. Dornan paints recognizable objects into abstractions of space, surface, and shape through countless brushstrokes. He lives and has an artist colony in Helper, Utah.
Dornan received his BFA from the University of Utah (1976) and his MFA from Arizona State University (1982). He has been an instructor for the University of Utah art and art history department faculty since the early 1980s.He was an instructor for University of Utah/Snowbird Summer Art Institute and the University of Utah summer arts program (1977, 1978, and 1979).
Because Dornan believes that art should communicate more directly with its viewer, he moved away from abstract art. Dornan's work combines western academic theory with modernism. His painting is characterized by the tension created between recognizable objects and a two-dimensional field comprised of brushstrokes. Examples of his work are Chair (1983), Big Blue (1999), and Filigree (2000).
Dave Dornan, from Aurora, Colorado, lives in Centerville when he's not working in Salt Lake City or Helper, Utah. One of the most innovative painters in Utah today, Dornan draws the recognizable object into abstractions of space, surface, and shape through countless brushes with regions just beyond accepted reality. His monotypes are particularly effective. He is a graduate of the University of Utah (B.F.A., 1976) and Arizona State University (M.F.A., 1982). He was an instructor for the University of Utah/Snowbird Summer Arts Institute and the “U Summerarts” program (1977, 1978, 1979), and has been a much valued teacher for the U of U art and art history department faculty since early in the 1980's. Dornan has exhibited and sold his paintings and prints extensively throughout Utah, Arizona, and elsewhere and is the recipient of numerous awards for his work.
Biography courtesy Springville Museum of Art.
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