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David Regan

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New Jersey

Birth year

Lives in
San Francisco

Works in
San Francisco


MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), 1995, BFA

Representing galleries

abstract, landscape abstract conceptual mixed-media


Emulating Nature

In my studio practice, I explore the confluence of science, myth, intuition, and fact. My acrylic mixed-media paintings are based on observations of nature, and on the relationship between what we feel and what we know in perceiving the spaces we occupy. They express my intuitive sense that everything is interconnected and constantly transitioning in an endless cycle.

On the canvas, I emulate Nature's cycle of creation and evolution by utilizing a stream-of-consciousness process, allowing each application of color to inspire the next. Each canvas is a microcosm emulating the energies at play in the larger world, taking shape through palette, texture, and paint. Through the process I seek equilibrium among the elements, a compositional harmony that conveys a living sense of the infinite rhythm of growth, flowering, and decay.


Curriculum vitae:

David graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 1995 with a BFA. He majored in Communication Arts and began working as an illustrator right out of college illustrating for publications such as Macworld, SF Chronicle, Harvard Magazine, USCF Magazine, American Express, and others. Despite success as a professional Illustrator, it was important for David to cultivate a personal artistic direction, so he continued to explore painting and sculpture on his own terms through experimentation with realistic, abstract, conceptual and non-objective styles.

After several years of this exploration he settled in to what he wanted to paint and pursue as an artist. This resulted in bodies of work that strive to capture the ineffable, emotional response one has while feeling connected to the natural environment. This connection David feels cannot be captured through realistic interpretation but rather through emulating the cycles, struggles, and harmonious conflicts ever present in the natural world through paint and composition.


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