Ballad on Broad Street, 2012, 48"x36" oil on canvas
Afternoon by the Ocean, 2012, 30"x40" oil on canvas
Top: Portrait of Adrian Rieder, Richmond Actor; Moored on Monterey Bay; Girl in the Gray Hat
Bottom: Afternoon at the Golden Gate; Young Man in Straw Hat; Reflection
Grand Prize Winner
American Artist Magazine Cover Competition 2012
Featured on cover of American Artist Magazine, September 2012
Awarded Honorable Mention 2nd Placement
Portrait Society of America's Member Only Competition 2012
Awarded 2nd Place, Portrait Society of America's Member Only Competition 2012
Finalist, 28th Annual Art Competition, The Artist's Magazine, Portrait/Figure category, 2011
Finalist, Raymar Art 5th Annual Fine Art Competition, 2011 International
"The color in this painting is stunning. The warm and cool tones used in the flesh are radiant..."
-Competition Judge Eileen Corse
Derek: Contemplation in the Studio
Selected as Finalist, Raymar Art 6th Annual Fine Art Competition, April 2012
"There is a lot of emotion in this painting. I love the color and how it really speaks about an artist to an artist. It's the never ending thoughtful gaze of artist that really speaks to me because I have been here and you can really get the emotion that David has put into this. I love the composition as well."
-Competition Judge Tony Pro
Awarded 3rd Merit, Portrait Society of America's Member Only Competition 2012
Selected as Finalist, PleinAir Salon, November/December 2011
Morocco: La Place
The Marketplace in Marrakech
Judge's Choice Award, 2nd Annual Artists Supporting the Arts Gala, October 23, 2010:
"A wonderfully evocative scene of everyday North African life—of the bustle and color in a contemporary Moroccan bazaar. The artist's handling of color and atmosphere is really masterful, right on the money..."
-Guest Judge, Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator of American & Contemporary Art
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia.
By the Fireside
3rd Place, PleinAir Salon, September-October 2011 hosted by PleinAir Magazine
Featured in Spring 2012 issue of PleinAir Magazine
Selected as Finalist, Raymar Art 5th Annual Fine Art Competition, 2011 International:
"The freshness of this painting is striking, with its exciting color and confident brushwork. The angled figure is so well painted that I actually feel the weight of the man relaxing in his chair. Don't miss the angle of the pillow emphasizing this—it is the inclusion of just such a detail that so perfectly defines this moment—the mood, the place, the time." -Competition Judge Kate Palmer
The Laundry Line
2nd Place Award, Portrait Expressions Regional Competition November 2011
(Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and District of Columbia)
Young Man in Straw Hat (Plein-Air Figure)
Honorable Mention, Plein-Air Richmond, June 2012
Judge: Everett Raymond Kinstler
David Tanner is a representational oil painter in Richmond, Virginia. Since receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991, his study of traditional painting technique includes workshops with modern masters Nelson Shanks in Philadelphia and Robert Liberace in Washington DC.
After more than a decade of oil portraiture, David has been focusing on figurative and plein-air painting since 2006. Frequent traveling has provided rich opportunities for capturing the light and color of locations in Russia, Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Great Britain. While visiting painting collections in these countries, David has studied the work of Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn, Repin, and other late 19th and early 20th century masters.
David teaches oil painting at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, where he was elected Master Teacher in 2006, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School. He had the honor of being invited to demonstrate plein-air portrait technique at the 1st Annual Plein-Air Expo in Las Vegas, April 2012, hosted by PleinAir Magazine, possibly the largest gathering of plein-air painters in history, including many of today's most respected representational painters.
Above: Demonstration paintings from Plein-Air Expo, April 2012
National awards include three honored paintings in the Portrait Society of America's 2011 Member's Only Competition, as well as honors in other national competitions hosted by PleinAir Magazine, The Artist's Magazine, and the Raymar Fine Art Competition. His Self-Portrait won 1st prize in American Artist magazine's annual competition, and was featured on the cover of this respected publication in September 2012.
David is an active member of Oil Painters of America, The Portrait Society of America, and the American Impressionist Society. In Richmond, his work can be seen at Crossroads Art Center (2016 Staples Mill Road, Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday noon-4) and his Museum District studio (by appointment only).
To read the following articles written about David and his art, please click on each article:
Face of a Winner: Self-Portrait Competition Results , Michael Gormley American Artist September 2012
Life's Moments Through David's Eyes , Holly Prestidge Richmond's Times-Dispatch May 2012
People and Places , American Art Collector May 2012
Oil painting classes and workshops with David Tanner are available through the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School. For more info, click here .
Below: David at Crossroads Art Center, May 2012, during his annual solo exhibition.
Bottom: Self-Portrait; featured on cover of American Artist magazine, Septpember 2012
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