About the Work
Acrylic on panel, 38 x 48 inches, 2020
This is the latest image in a series of paintings I’ve done that utilizes a central figure and contains other imagery that may tell something about the character. This character is derived from a miniature painting in the Gibbes collection, she's a stand-in for all little girls that face the mystery of coupling and continuing life - David Boatwright
About the Artist
Painting under the mantel Lucky Boy Art, David Boatwright's iconic murals and hand-painted signs, which adorn many Charleston exteriors, have become integral parts of the cityscape. Inspired by “Plowing it Under,” a painting from the Gibbes’ permanent collection by fellow muralist Thomas Hart Benton, Boatwright will use the image, which depicts a man plowing behind a mule, to explore his myriad connections to the artist on canvas. Having featured quintessentially southern animals like the alligator and mule in his own work, and drawn to the work-a-day subject matter of Benton’s painting, Boatwright also happens to share his bloodline – the two are distant relatives.
David Boatwright holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, CA and attended Clemson University, SC with a focus in architecture. He continues to produce public murals for clients, navigating rigorous approval processes while maintaining artistic integrity.
David Boatwright participated in the Gibbes Visiting Artist program from October 7, 2019 - November 10, 2019.
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