Harold David is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Blue Mountains. After establishing himself as one of Australia’s premier portrait photographers, Harold turned his focus to painting, a passion he first discovered as a young boy growing up in the United States. He draws inspiration from life, emotions, music, the landscape and the universal field. His works are characterised by a rhythmic layering, with colours and shapes dancing across the canvas, utilising an extensive lexicon of marks to create both harmony and dissonance.
Describing his process, Harold says, “I put paint on the brush and I have faith and do it.” He applies pure automatism, allowing the work to develop intuitively. He describes himself as an abstract surrealist, working in a spontaneous and fluid way and disregarding the need to make sense of what comes out on the canvas. There is a sense of pure freedom in his work.
Artwork location: Sydney
Harold David - Thought We Saw Flying Saucers and All the Rest, 2023 - Mixed media on canvas - 154x124cm framed - Tasmanian oak box frame
Harold David - He Never Comes When He Promises, 2023 - Mixed media on canvas - 78x104cm framed (diptych) - Pine box frame with painted details