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Present Tense 24: David Urban

December 11, 2002 to March 30, 2003

Present Tense 24: David Urban

David Urban
Conventions of Abstract Thought # 8, 2002
oil on canvas
© David Urban, 2002.
Photograph courtesy of the artist.

In February 2002, Toronto painter David Urban made a dramatic advance in his studio, departing from the tightly executed oil abstractions for which he is known to produce a group of small, rapid canvases collectively entitled Conventions of Abstract Thought. These improvisations introduce a repertoire of archetypal forms - flowers, mountains, skulls - that evoke and incorporate the traditions of still life, landscape and the cartoon. Spare, rugged and rhythmic, Conventions of Abstract Thought will be shown in its entirety for the first time, with a selection of new paintings Urban made in their wake.

Present Tense is generously supported by The Contemporary Circle.

Artist's Talk
Wednesday, January 15, 7 pm
Matina Chrones Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario
Free admission

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