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David Shevlino

United States 1962



David Shevlino
David Shevlino
United States
April 1, 2016
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The art of David Shevlino consists of pieces that come from life. Being inspired by noncomplex aspects such as swimming, children, sunny afternoons and suburbs, has provided David with enough room to become a brilliant artist he is today. His paintings are a wonderful visual experience to behold, which can be contributed to his masterfully developed method of painting with broad strokes and bright colors. This artist’s long career has been filled with many separate stages all of which have had their own characteristics, but what has always stayed present in his Shevlino’s artwork is that unique playful mood we’ve come to love.

David Shevlino - Red jacket, 2016 (left), Self portrait, 2010 (right) - Oil portrait are not the same as life video figure in paint!
David Shevlino – Red jacket, 2016 (left), Self portrait, 2010 (right)

Teenage Years

Shevlino was born in Jersey City in 1962. Growing up in The Big Apple meant being surrounded by art constantly and it didn’t take long for young David to fall in love with it. He began to take trips to local museums and galleries while still in his early teenage years. Shevlino’s first visits to exhibitions helped him develop a great affinity for figurative painting. Naturally, the young man tested himself at painting, trying to perfect his technique to a level anywhere near the masters he was observing daily. By his own admission, even then he felt a strong pull towards the traditional art – David had no interest in the contemporary Pop Art that was booming in New York City during the 70s. However, as time went by, he started to explore some looser methods in which the line tried to find the balance between representational painting and abstraction. David realized he felt most comfortable on that middle ground and his paintings took a turn for that direction. At that time, the artist demonstrated a firm sense of control while tightening up the composition through skillful modeling of human form. In the meantime, David joined The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The University of Pennsylvania with goals of pursuing his career as a painter. Shevlino received a bachelor of fine arts from in 1992. He also studied at The Art Students’ League in New York.

Over time, David developed his own personal style of painting

David Shevlino - Wrestling Figures, 2011 - Oil portrait are not the same as life video figure in paint!
David Shevlino – Wrestling Figures, 2011

Establishing His Own Style

After many trials and errors he endured during college days, Shevlino’s art was shaped into what it is today. David’s paintings are characterized by broad brushstrokes, a sensuous application of paint and a knack for tonal harmonies which help with setting the wanted mood. The artist explained it best himself: Art is like a language to me; it gives me a means of expressing the way I perceive the world around me. What I love about painting is that it has no boundaries, I can do anything I want with it. His style aside, Shevlino’s work has quite a casual note throughout – he usually places his compositions near swimming pools and suburban backyards. David paints a wide range of subjects but always focuses primarily on the human figure and its shape. He makes a fine equilibrium between disturbing the lines and still keeping the overall form clear and intact as much as possible. The artist always tries to invent new ways of simplifying the complexities of certain elements his paintings require – this is at its most obvious in his urban landscapes when David figures out how to unburden his works from demands of depicted crowds, traffic and architecture. From time to time, David is prone to improvisation, but only when he tries to hurry himself up in an attempt to not lose the particular moment is he trying to capture on canvas.

Many of Shevlino’s pieces are set in casual environments, such as swimming pools

David Shevlino - Leap, 2012 (left), Yellow tube, 2014 (right) - Oil portrait are not the same as life video figure in paint!
David Shevlino – Leap, 2012 (left), Yellow tube, 2014 (right)

Wide Recognitions

David can be considered as an extremely active artist. He has exhibited his artwork in numerous shows in many cities – New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Florida, Washington D.C., Georgia, Maine, North Carolina. His pieces can be found in many private and public collections around the globe. It should also be noted that David is a member of the Philadelphia Sketch club and is very engaged in his community. When he is not painting in his Delaware studio, he is teaching workshops throughout the east coast. Interested viewers may even acquire video lessons from his official website if they are unable to join David’s workshops in person. Such activity definitely helps when building the reputation of a trusted and reliable artist – the man even knows how to play drums and loves filming himself performing before posting such videos online! Shevlino was honored with awards on many occasions – most notably by the Delaware Division of the Arts, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship.

David Shevlino - Pedestrians - Oil portrait are not the same as life video figure in paint!
David Shevlino – Pedestrians

Depicting What He Sees

What we love most about Shevlino’s artwork is his unique, wonderful balance between slow, careful observation and the mad rush to capture fleeting light inside his paintings. His art can even be associated with David’s other talent, his drumming skill – his canvases seem full of rhythm and playfulness characteristic when playing drums. And, as any good drummer will tell you, it is good to test yourself with new things. Same applies to David’s paintings as he has been known to experiment with new styles and approaches even now, after many decades since he first started painting. Ultimately, David describes what he sees around himself in a uniquely personal style of painting. His method may be blurry and seemingly unstable, but it’s also undeniably beautiful to view.

The artist is represented by Gallery 1261 in Denver, US.

David Shevlino lives and works in Wilmington, DE.

Featured Image: David Shevlino – Diving
All Images © David Shevlino

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015David ShevlinoGallery 1261, Denver, COSolo
2014David ShevlinoThomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GASolo
2013In Good CompanyQuidley & Co., Boston, MAGroup
2011UnknownThe Focus Gallery, Ontario, CanadaGroup
2011UnknownRosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Solo
2010SquaresGallery 1261, Denver, COGroup
2010Looks Good on PaperDFN Gallery, NY.Group
2009Reconfigured and RelocatedDFN Gallery, NY.Group
2008UnknownGeorge Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.Solo
2008UnknownDFN Gallery, New York, NY.Solo
2007UnknownHidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC.Solo
2007New York at NightDFN Gallery, NY, NY.Group
2006UnknownDFN Gallery, NY, NY.Solo
2005UnknownMorpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ.Solo
2005UnknownThe Academy at Penn, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.Group
2005UnknownGross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
2005NYCDFN Gallery, NY.Group
2004Down the ShoreCacciola Gallery, NJ.Group
2004PhiladelphiaGross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
2004Philadelphia on the RocksBlum Gallery, Bar Harbor, ME.Group
2003USArtist 0333rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA.Group
2003David ShevlinoMorpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ.Solo
2003David ShevlinoGross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Solo
2002USArtists 02 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA.Group
2002David ShevlinoArcadia Gallery, New York, NY.Solo
2002Introduction ExhibitGross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
2002Small Works ExhibitMorpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJGroup
2001David ShevlinoMorpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ.Solo
2001Re-Presenting Representation Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY.Group
2001David ShevlinoSteinway Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC.Solo
2001David ShevlinoCarvel State Bldg., Wilmington, DE.Solo
2000David ShevlinoMorpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ.Solo
2000At The ShoreMangel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
2000David Shevlino Whitney Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.Solo
1999UnknownHubert Gallery, New York, NY.Group
1999Boston International Fine Art Show Boston Center For The Arts, Boston, MA.Group
1999USArtists 99 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1999David Shevlino F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Solo
1999David Shevlino Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD.Solo
1999Our Good EarthHemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC.Group
1998USArtists98 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1998UnknownF.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1998Painterly BravuraSteven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD.Group
1998SummertimeTatistcheff & Co., New York, NYGroup
1998UnknownHubert Gallery, New York, NY.Group
1998David Shevlino F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Solo
1997UnknownHubert Gallery, New York, NY.Group
1997UnknownChase Gallery, Boston, MA.Group
1997USArtists 97 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1997The Unbroken Line, 1897-1997, A Centennial ExhibitionThe Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1997UnknownTatistcheff & Co., New York, NY.Group
1997David ShevlinoMulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco, CA.Solo
1997David ShevlinoF.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Solo
1997David ShevlinoWidener University Art Museum, Chester, PA.Solo
199699th Annual Juried ExhibitionWoodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1996USArtists 9633rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1996Pertaining to PhiladelphiaMulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco, CA.Group
199656th Annual Juried ExhibitionWoodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1996New Jersey State Council on the ArtsNoyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ.Group
1996UnknownAllentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA.Group
1996David ShevlinoF.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Solo
1995Regional Juried ExhibitionFrank Martin Gallery, Muhlenburg College, Allentown, PA.Group
1994Urban and Rural LandscapesRodger LaPelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1994Women and Children FirstPhiladelphia Museum of Art Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1993Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsWoodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1993IntroductionsHahn Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
199353rd Annual Juried ExhibitionWoodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1992Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsBerman Museum, Collegeville, PA.Group
199252nd Annual Juried ExhibitionWoodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1990New Decade PaintersGross-McLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1989Annual Summer ShowGross-McLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.Group
1987David ShevlinoUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.Solo
1987Golden Anniversary National Art CompetitionJohn Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA.Group
1987Golden Anniversary National Art CompetitionGrand Central Gallery, New York, NY.Group
1985American Artist MagazineGrand Central Gallery, New York, NY.Group