David Grossmann painting a landscape

David Grossmann

United States 1984

Painting

www.davidgrossmann.com

David Grossmann
David Grossmann
Male
United States
1984
March 30, 2016

Colorado is one of the most beautiful American states when it comes to its nature and David Grossmann, a landscape painter, feels immensely grateful for living in such a wonderful place. A love of the outdoors and visual arts have been present in Grossmann’s life since his early childhood and for the same reason, all of his works are plein air paintings, which means they are created outdoors while directly observing the nature. The artist claims: When I paint en plein air, it gives me the opportunity to absorb a sense of place and a sense of being there. I hope that sense of place comes through to the viewers.

David Grossmann - Early Summer Aspen and Clouds, 2015
David Grossmann – Early Summer Aspen and Clouds, 2015

Moving from Chile to Colorado

Grossmann was born in Chile and he lived there until he turned fourteen. He was fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most amazing natural treasures even before he moved to Colorado, since Chile is famous for the beauty of the Andes, wild seashore, barren deserts, and soft green valleys. It’s not surprising that once he started living close to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, he already felt familiar with the landscape as he was used to the Andes of Chile. Grossmann earned degrees in business and Spanish in Colorado and later on decided to enroll in the Academy of Art in Boulder. He discovered the technique called plein air (outdoor) painting there and immediately felt that it fits great with his passion for the outdoors. This method is challenging though, since it is not that easy to paint while out in nature from the technical point of view, but Grossmann felt like it is something truly made for him and his dedication to landscape painting was growing along with the quality of his works.  After graduating from the Academy of Art in Boulder, Grossman continued to depict landscapes from Colorado, the western United States and occasional travels to other parts of the United States.

David Grossmann - Trunks and Sky in Winter, 2015
David Grossmann – Trunks and Sky in Winter, 2015

Paintings as Visual Poems

Grossmann’s paintings are typical for their sense of serene, almost sacred tranquility. The artist loves to talk about his paintings: They are simplified rhythms of color, light, and shape. On the surface they are quiet whispers but I hope that they convey a depth of emotion. His paintings are truly resembling poems because of being focused on rhythm and symmetry and also for their lyrical quality that is making them appear beyond realistic. The gentleness and simplicity of Grossmann’s work bypass the rules of realism and make his artworks appear modern and clean-cut bus still intricate in their meditative poetry. There is also a certain otherworldly sense in Grossmann paintings, perhaps because of his choice of colors which are subdued and desaturated, like a world seen through a clouded or frosted glass. The artist’s landscapes have been awarded many times since 2009 and they have participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, such as Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition and American Impressionist Society National Juried Show. His paintings are also a part of the Plein Air and American Art Collector.

Grossmann’s colors are subdued and desaturated, like a world seen through a frosted glass

David Grossmann - Silent Winter Forest, 2014
David Grossmann – Silent Winter Forest, 2014

Fresh Approach to Plein Air Style

It is a big challenge to become a distinguished landscape painter nowadays, due to many already established painters in this genre. However, Grossmann’s way to interpret color, light and atmosphere is quite unique and a welcome novelty in the art world. His pieces have the aura of effortlessness end elegance which are not that common in oil landscape paintings since oil works tend to be heavier in their structure and colors. Grossmann’s work has a unique lightness and meditative quality that can send us into the state of peaceful contemplation of beauty.

The artist is represented by Gallery 1261.

David Grossmann lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

Featured image: David Grossmann working en plein air
All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Group Exhibit XIIGallery 1261, Denver, COGroup
2015Representing the WestSangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO Group
2015Old Traditions, New FrontiersAbend Gallery, Denver, CO Solo
2015Coors Western Art Exhibit and SaleNational Western Stock Show, Denver, CO Group
2014Through Changing Skies Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ Solo
201424th Annual Small Works Invitational ShowHoward/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA Group
2014Art for the SangresFundraiser for the San Isabel Land Trust, Westcliffe, CO Group
2014Into Quiet PlacesAltamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY Solo
2014Crested Butte Plein Air InvitationalOh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte, CO Group
2014Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and SaleAbend Gallery, Denver, CO Group
2014Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibition and SaleGreeley, CO Group
2014Oil Painters of America National ExhibitionBennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT Group
2014 Sangre de Cristo Art InvitationalSangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO Group
2013Winter LandscapesNational Arts Club, New York, New York Solo
2013 Art for the SangresFundraiser for the San Isabel Land Trust, Westcliffe, CO Group
2013Wild About Colorado Plein Air FestivalBreckenridge, CO Group
2013Salon InternationalGreenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX Group
2013Representing the WestSangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO Group
201222nd Annual Small Works ShowAbend Gallery, Denver, CO Group
2012American Impressionist Society's National Juried ShowIndianapolis, IN Group
2012Oil Painters of America Western Regional ShowGallery 1261, Denver, CO Group
2012Featured ArtistTCI Wealth Advisors, Denver, CO Solo
2012Wild About Colorado Plein Air FestivalBreckenridge, CO Group
2012Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and SaleWilder Nightingale Gallery, Taos, NM Group
201144th Annual Own Your Own Holiday Show and SaleSangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO Group
2011Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and SaleSaks Galleries, Denver CO Group
2010Oil Painters of America Paint Out Seven Arrows Gallery, Woodland Park, CO Group
2010Five Boulder ArtistsMillennium Hotel, Boulder, CO Group
2010Nomadas Del Arte, Plein Air Landscape PaintingsSouthwest Gallery, Dallas, TX Group
2010Valentine Art ShowLake Valley Golf Club, Boulder, CO Group
2009Sky and Earth: Colorado LandscapesThe Other Side Arts, Denver, CO Solo
2009Boulder Art Association and Longmont Artist's Guild Member ShowLongmont, CO Group
2009Artruism: Art Show to Benefit the American Red CrossUniversity of Colorado, Boulder, CO Group
2009Four LandscapesStarbucks, Westminster, CO Solo
2008East Boulder County Artist's Holiday Show and SaleLongmont, CO Group