Paintings by David Kassan
Photorealistic paintings of figures set against weathered backgrounds. The backgrounds are referenced from photos he takes around Manhattan of street art, graffiti, torn advertisements, stains, and construction barricades. The portraits capture the subtle emotions and expressions of his subjects and his technical mastery of oil paint and drawing enables him to represent what he sees accurately.
I want my paintings to give the viewer a true sense of reality – that includes but is not limited to depth, scale and a tactile surface as well as the real sense of what the subject looks like and is feeling at the time that I painted them. There should be a discourse between the viewer and the subject, to feel as though they are in a way connected. My goal is not to set a narrative but rather to have the viewer bring their own experiences to the painting and the subject as they would if they had seen the subject on the street in real life.