It seems I am always drawn to quiet places, those places where you can sit, relax, take nothing and seemingly everything in, places which are easily overlooked in our busy, day-to-day grind. These are the sites where I am able to recharge, reflect, to begin anew. In the recent past, I kept going back to the agricultural landscape dotting the hills of northwestern Wisconsin as the sights of my work. I do not know if it is because of the repetition of large planes of land, broken only here and there by the chaotic input of nature; or whether it is the fact that these are the places that are forgotten, overlooked, thought of as unworthy as aesthetic muses. In either case, it is here that I have found the vocabulary to talk about my relationship with the place I currently find myself in. I have continued this system of work as I find my place in the rugged, mostly uninhabited architectural landscape of northern Wyoming.
My technique reflects the places I reproduce. By using a vocabulary of repetitive, simple shapes and flat color fields, the clutter of the details become less important while still being able to infuse the images with a calm and serenity without losing focus on the forms of the land. Either the sky or the earth dominate the canvases as the colors become scratched, worked, layered in an attempt to reveal the underlying workings of man while still showing the dominance of nature.
David Brock graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a BFA in Painting and Drawing and received an MFA in 2D Studies from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. David currently is the Painting and Drawing Professor at Sheridan College in Sheridan, WY. Previously, he taught in the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, the University of Wisconsin - Stout, and the Bowling Green State University art departments. He has also been the Gallery Director of the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, WI. Happily, David has studied, lived and taught in Fukuoka, Japan, and Florence, Italy, along with extensively traveling abroad. David lives in a 1960s ranch with his wife, Claire, their two wonderful children, Lucy and Max, and their dog, Pixie Black Francis, at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains.