Monday, September 12, 2005
The tragicomic figure at the center of David Lippenberger's paintings peers back at us with the searching blue eyes of the artist himself. Though he does bear an uncanny resemblance to his subject, David's intention is to paint a universalized version of himself, who doubles as a symbolic representation of men in general.
His paintings convey an uneasy embrace of the role men are expected to play in society. These figures are stretched thin, like the stereotypes they challenge. Their protagonist is in many ways an Everyman -- dressed neutrally, stoically inhabiting the cramped space of the picture frame. But there's always something slightly amiss, a topsy-turvy detail that suggests the possibility of another existence altogether.
A prominent graphic designer for more than 20 years, David Lippenberger turned his attentions to fine art a decade ago. He has shown his work frequently in Northern California, in such venues as the Santa Cruz Art League's Annual Statewide Exhibitions, Pro Arts Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, works San Jose, and the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. He lives and paints in San Jose
Designer William Brand Annet van Egmond