More about David Amdur
After graduating from the University of Minnesota, David Amdur sought out a substantial education in figurative painting, and found it in the MFA program at Queens College of the City University of New York. The painters he studied with there, including Rosemarie Beck, Gabriel Laderman, and Robert Birmelin, had the courage to row against the predominant tide of abstraction at mid-century to create truly original work informed by tradition. After completing his MFA, he secured an Andy Warhol scholarship for an additional year of study at The New York Academy of Art to gain greater skill and knowledge in figure drawing.
The stunning beauty of Acadia Park draws droves of visitors from throughout the world for recreation, and perhaps, contemplation and inspiration. But it can be difficult to let go and connect to immediate experiences of looking and feeling. I use painting to recover this connection.
Working on my paintings, I take time to feel contrasts and harmonies of color. I feel the smoothness, irregularity, firmness or softness of edges and surfaces. And I explore how my eyes are drawn into and out of the space of the composition.
I hope my paintings will give others opportunity to connect & reconnect to these remarkable places.