Artist Statement

David Gonville is an emerging Rhode Island based contemporary artist. His work explores ocean patterns, surface textures, and micro-systems from a surfer’s perspective. His imagery reflects the convergence of marine geology with current weather systems of the Atlantic Ocean.

The compositions that emerge in Gonville’s work reference personal experiences in the unpredictable coastal environment of the Atlantic Ocean where he surfs all year. Gonville transcribes his experiences of changing weather patterns, open space, peaceful environments and mindfulness into his work. He paints to convey this connection with the ocean and the elements around him. Through his process of exploring the intersection of climate and the coast, he strives to highlight the importance of preserving one of our most precious natural resources - The Ocean.

Gonville has collaborated on several projects with New York City performance artist, Maura Nguyen Donohue on immersive, interactive installations focused on the destructive presence of plastic pollution in our oceans.

Gonville studied Marine Affairs at URI, and Graphic Design at UMass Dartmouth. He is the co-founder of Nami Studios, a design consultancy, since 2001. His encaustics and mixed media work can be found in collections around the world and in galleries from Cape Cod to the Highline in New York City. He proudly lives with his wife and two children in his native Rhode Island (USA).

 

Using power tools instead of paint brushes, Gonville’s work is deconstructed to reveal hidden layers of glimmer, texture, or color, capturing a moment in time from a surfer’s perspective.

 

Process

Gonville begins his process by creating multiple large wood panels of different colors, textures, and mediums, varying layers of oil paint, encaustic, plaster, and found raw materials to make each unique in its process.

Many of Gonville’s paintings combine mixed-media with oil paint, bees wax encaustic and plaster mixed with pigment. Some work features original photo transfers, glitter, metallic paints, or silver roofing tar. Upon closer inspection you may discover hand drawn elements made with graphite pencil or silk screened patterns reflecting glints of sunlight on the water’s surface.

Gonville deconstructs and reconstructs the wood panels, using common carpenters tools instead of paintbrushes to build a new sculptural painting or to remove material, revealing layers hidden below the surface. The physical process of painting, cutting, sorting, and constructing is integral to the work’s final form. The final work becomes a new abstract structure or an intimate glimpse that captures a fleeting moment on the coast.

 

Gonville’s deconstruction is not a demolition of beauty, instead it is a “breaking down” or analysis of beauty on the shores of the Atlantic to discover its true significance. Each painting captures a moment in time from a surfer’s perspective.

 

C.V.

2017
The Curator Gallery. Chelsea, NYC USA
Tides Project: Drowning Planet. LaMama ETC, NYC
Rye Art Gallery Rye,NY USA
Jeff Soderbergh Gallery. Featured Artist - Wellfleet, MA USA
Sakonnet Art Collective. Featured Artist - Four Corners, Tiverton,RI USA
Bluewater. Barrington, RI USA
2016
The Curator Gallery. Chelsea, NYC USA
Jeff Soderbergh Gallery. Featured Artist - Wellfleet, MA USA
Sakonnet Art Collective. Featured Artist - Four Corners, Tiverton,RI USA
Bluewater. Barrington, RI USA
Simone's. Warren, RI USA
2015
Jeff Soderbergh Gallery. Featured Artist - Wellfleet, MA USA
Sakonnet Art Collective. Featured Artist - Four Corners, Tiverton,RI USA
Tides Project: North Pacific Gyre (aka "trash vortex”). Soaking WET (West End Theater) NYC
Huxter. Featured Artist - Watch Hill, RI USA
Bluewater. Barrington, RI USA
Simone's. Warren, RI USA
2014
Sakonnet Art Collective. Featured Artist - Four Corners, Tiverton,RI USA
Tides Project: Euphotic. Estrogenius Festival - 4th Street Theater, NYC
Huxter. Featured Artist - Watch Hill, RI USA
Bluewater. Barrington, RI USA
Simone's. Warren, RI USA
2013
Roulette. Zero-to-Sixty - New York, NY USA
2012
Top Hat Gallery. Christiansted, St. Croix USVI
B4BC. Boarding for Breast Cancer - Unsound Surf. Long Beach, NY USA.
2011
The Sunnyside. Warren, RI USA
2010
The Surfrider Foundation. Ripple Art Effecting Oceans -Washington, DC USA
The Stonehouse. Little Compton, RI USA
The Drift Gallery. Portsmouth, NH USA
2009
The Hive Gallery. Cape Ann, MA USA
The Stonehouse. Little Compton, RI USA
Yes Gallery. Warren, RI USA
Yes Gallery. Block Island, RI USA
2008
Imago Gallery, Featured Artist. Warren, RI USA
Yes Gallery. Lovesick/Seasick - Warren RI USA

 

Representation

THE CURATOR GALLERY – CHELSEA, NYC

520 West 23rd Street @ 10th Ave, New York, N.Y.


RYE ART GALLERY – WESTCHESTER NY

1010 Boston Post Rd, Rye, N.Y.


JS GALLERY - WELLFLEET, CAPE COD

11 W Main St, Wellfleet, MA – Cape Cod


THE SAKONNETT COLLECTIVE - FOUR CORNERS, TIVERTON

3842 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI


CUTLER MILLS, WARREN RI

30 Cutler St #123, Warren, RI – HQ