November 18 - January 30, 2023

DBFA celebrates its representation of painter, David Michael Slonim, with his first DBFA virtual exhibition TRANSFIGURATIONS IN COLOR : UNEXPECTED GIFTS.

In the tradition of Joan Miró, Ellsworth Kelly, Josef Albers, and Alexander Calder, Slonim explores tension between structure, form, color, gravity, and spontaneity. Slonim’s art is frank and emotive. His fluid application of paint allows the artist to create visual images that uncover the physical and psychological aspects of harmony and discordance in pursuing honest human expression. Through this explorative process Slonim establishes specific rhythm and motifs in his work. His process is always free yet deliberate. The results are spontaneous and unplanned.

Slonim’s practice was first nurtured in Landscape painting, earning him his first successes in the art world. He had a number of substantial gallery and museum exhibitions including those at Overland Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; the Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN; Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN; C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT.

2014 was the turning point of his evolution as a painter. Having already established himself in the more traditional methods, the artist found a new direction for his work with his affinity for the artists like Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso to name a few. Drawing inspiration from these Masters he reconciles color, texture, and shapes within his images. From the influence of artists like Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, Slonim explores the underlying emotion and structure present within visual form. Channeling all these influences he creates his powerful abstractions. The possibilities for the countless variety of visual expression are innately in Slonim’s DNA.

David earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1988. His work was exhibited in such museums and galleries as Richmond Museum of Art, Richmond, IN; Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN; Masterpiece Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Gordy Fine Art, Muncie, IN; Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY; Arts Place, Portland, IN; Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA, among many others. Slonim’s paintings can be found in numerous collections such as Conrad Hotel Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN; Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN; Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, IN; Indiana Heritage Arts, Nashville, IN; Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN; The West Foundation, Indianapolis, IN; Anderson University, Anderson, IN; Community Bank Shares, Denver, CO; Toledo Public Library, Toledo, OH. He has appeared in LUXE Interiors + Design, American Art Collector, Western Art & Architecture, Indianapolis Monthly, International Artist, Herald Bulletin, and SouthwestArt.