David Kassan

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David Kassan
Judge For: 7th Annual Competition Month #11 - December 2013

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David Jon Kassan (Born in Little Rock, AR, 1977) is a contemporary American painter best known for his life-size realist portraits. The paintings combine figurative subjects with abstract backgrounds or “tromp l’oeil texture studies,” reportedly inspired by Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg.  Of this dual representation strategy Kassan notes, “my effort to constantly learn to document reality with a naturalistic, representational painting technique allows for pieces to be inherent contradictions; paintings that are both real and abstract.”

David Kassan received his B.F.A. in 1999 from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. He continued his studies at The National Academy, and the Art Students League of New York, both in Manhattan. Kassan currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches painting classes and workshops at various institutions around the world.