David Onri Anderson
David Onri Anderson (b.1993, Nashville, TN) is a French-American artist of French-Algerian Jewish ancestry. Through the process of expanding, deconstructing, and echoing of a variety of forms, he seeks out the inherent alchemical possibilities in colors, materials, and repetition. His most recent subjects are fed from his practice as a gardener and nature lover in Tennessee, using patterns from organic life forms. The artist extracts dyes and textures from elements such as leaves, walnuts, flowers, fruit, and unfolding stories alluding to a universal spirit or mythology. He seeks to become more and more sustainable in his practice through the incorporation of reusing materials, foraging, and making his own tools and pigments from his garden and local surroundings.
Anderson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2016 from Watkins College of Art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in locations such as Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta; Devonshire Square, London; LA Art Fair, Los Angeles; Galleri Golsa, Oslo; Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile; and Patrick Painter Gallery, Los Angeles. In addition to being a painter, he is also an active guest lecturer, musician, and curator.
David Onri Anderson’s paintings are impressions of sensory and spiritual experiences with images. Anderson employs experimental, non-objective and intuitive approaches to process and materials, with influences from Jewish mysticism and tantric art to cosmic philosophy. Tantra is beyond the ‘moral’. Not ‘what should be’, the primary concert of Tantra is ‘what is’, a sincere and honest acceptance of oneself and the world around. Tantra is a spiritual science that examines experiences of ‘self’ with the material world and explores man’s inherent energies, spiritual and physical, methods to expand them, and his place and relevance in the cosmos.
Anderson elevates quotidian objects (bananas, candles, mushrooms) and raises them to a spiritual realm where we can appreciate them in their abstracted bliss. In this way, a banana becomes something much more than a healthy snack. It is a source of energy for the painter to create transcendent images.