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David FeBland, 1949 ~ Metropolis

British-born American painter David FeBland was born in London, England and has received professional degrees from The University of Virginia and The University of Manchester, UK. A fully self-taught artist, FeBland pursued careers in Landscape Architecture and Communication Design as well as hosting a jazz radio program and bicycling through 44 countries before turning his full-time attention to painting in the mid-1980’s.

FeBland’s work considers issues of privacy, conflict and isolation in contemporary urban life, employing a colorist’s eye and a strong sense of formal compositional structure.
Critics describe his paintings as such: “These images are disarmingly involving. His ability to instill strongly emotive elements into his work also hints at the more graphic work of Ben Shahn and Diego Rivera. It suggests an evolution of socially conscious realism that both Ashcan artists and Shahn flirted with, a very American response to the Soviet socialist movement that embraces its more expressive elements…. {this is} a quality that gives the movies of Spike Lee their poignancy, and it’s a spirit that FeBland’s works achieve better than his contemporaries”.

An internationally recognized artist, FeBland shows extensively throughout Europe, the UK and the US. He has participated in over 70 solo and group shows since 1995 and has been reviewed or featured in Art in America, The New York Times, American Artist Magazine, PBS Television, New American Paintings, The Spectator (UK), and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), amongst many others.

FeBland has served as a juror for numerous national invitational exhibitions and has held a number of academic posts, most recently as Associate Professor of Architectural Drawing at City University of New York.  His work is held in the corporate collections of American Express, ATandT, Chase Bank, Citibank, IBM, Esprit, Exxon-Mobil and Roland-Berger,GMBH. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.