David Voros Invitational Exhibition, “The Triumph of Innocence” at Bowery Gallery in Chelsea, June 19 – July 7, features four monumental scale paintings which re-investigate monumental-scale narrative painting in a personal and autobiographical context. Voros presents a sequential narrative described in four large-scale figurative paintings, each 7’ x 12.’ Seen together, the canvasses create an environment that physically immerses the viewer in a cycle of events in a manner reminiscent of a Baroque chapel yet seen in a contemporary context.
The paintings seek to create a narrative told on a number of levels that communicates autobiographical events through association and metaphor rather than through direct symbolic or allegorical connections. In this, the paintings create a personal mythology through sometimes-quirky images drawn from popular culture, art history, and mythic history, all represented on a scale reminiscent of 16th and 17th century Venetian painting. As critic Eleanor Heartney writes, “From this rich tapestry of allusions, Voros presents, not so much a coherent narrative, as a visual poem, whose pauses and crescendos resemble those of the Jazz that he listens to while he works. References burble up from his unconscious, inflected through a study of Renaissance and Baroque art and his Catholic upbringing. These come together in an immersive environment that lures viewers into reveries of their own about the meaning of life, the possibility of redemption, and the private and public demons that threaten us all.”
Working within the formal and conceptual framework of classical painting, the paintings recall the work of Max Beckman in the way they embrace the traditions of European painting, referencing artists as historically diverse as Hockney, Bearden, Picasso, Tintoretto, and Poussin, while at the same time, remaining focused on individual expression and the personal experience of the artist.
Voros has exhibited at The International School of art, in Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy, The Blegan Library, at The American School of Classical Studies in Athens ,Greece; The Hungarian University of Fine Arts, in Budapest, Hungary; The Ecole Nationale d’Architecture, in Rabat, Morocco; The University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia among other international venues and at The University of Norte Dame; Washington University, St. Louis; Florida International University and The Indianapolis Museum of Art among other venues in the U.S. Voros has lectured on his work as a Visiting Artist at: The Luxun Academy of Fine Art in Shenyang, China and The China Academy of Art in Hangshou, China, as well as other locations where he has exhibited his work, in the U.S. and abroad.
A Chicago native, Voros teaches in and coordinates the painting program at the University of South Carolina and also teaches painting in Umbria Italy.