International Contemporary Art Fair

December 3 - 7, 2014
Exhibitor listing

Galerie Michael

Galerie Michael
224 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
United States
T  310-273-3377
M   562-762-8642
F  310-273-0879

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Davyd Whaley
Biography :
ABOUT DAVYD WHALEY From as far back as he can remember, Davyd Whaley loved drawing, sketching, and painting. He grew up in eastern Tennessee, and as a young man, Whaley accepted that ‘art’ was not a practical career choice. Instead of attending college, he joined the Navy where he discovered he excelled at electrical engineering. After a four-year stint in the service, stationed primarily on submarines, Whaley went back to school and earned his engineering degree at North Carolina State University. His success in the engineering field took him to various parts of the country before eventually settling in Los Angeles. After 20 years working as an electrical engineer, Whaley decided to pursue painting full time. “When I was younger, I had never been able to go to art school. However, beginning in 2007, I found myself in New York City for extended periods of time. I began taking classes at The Art Students League.” The artist has studied under and been mentored by some of the major artists of our time, including Ronnie Landfield, Larry Poons, and the late Franklyn Liegel.

Detailed Description :
Solidifying His Approach…. The work of Carl Jung – his desire to understand the unconscious mind through the study of dreams, symbols, art, and philosophy -- further informed how Whaley approaches his painting. He dutifully keeps a ‘Dream Journal’, and he writes in it every day when he first awakens. It’s a roadmap of sorts for his work. “I’ll wake up with a fragment of a dream, an image, or a vague awareness of something I had been dreaming about and I’ll quickly draw it or write it down. Sometimes I instinctually grasp the whole intent and scope. Other times, I’ll go and talk to my analyst who helps me figure it out. Then I’ll take that information to the canvas. As an artist, Jungian analysis has been a great tool for me to develop and research ideas in my studio practice, as well as in my everyday life. I believe our subconscious provides answers to most of life's questions, if we pay close attention, and if we are willing to do something with those answers. There needs to be a willingness to connect." Working with large, unstretched canvases on the floor, Whaley sets out to piece together these glimpses into his subconscious and dreams. His painting style has become known as much for its Jungian themes as for its use of energetic, powerful contrasts of light and dark, tactile depth, and rich, brilliant colors. "My pieces involve circuitous strokes, thick with color and texture. I paint in episodes, each work expressing a moment; each canvas a spiritual sequence, like dreams linked in our subconscious by ethereal themes or meanings. We do not get all the information on how to live our everyday lives in just one dream. They come in short, little bursts, like thunderstorms. Just like storms, dreams have patterns if we piece them together." Giving back…. As a service to the community, Whaley began teaching art classes to seniors and underprivileged kids at a community center in East Los Angeles in 2011. As part of the curric


Specializing in fine European paintings, drawings and prints from the 17th century to the present.
Founded by Michael Schwartz in 1978, Galerie Michael specializes in fine European paintings, drawings and prints from the 17th century to the present. Located on the world famous Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, the gallery exhibits works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Marc Chagall, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse and artists of the French Barbizon School.

Acknowledged as a leading dealer in the etchings of Rembrandt van Rijn, Galerie Michael maintains one of America's largest inventories of his graphic work. The gallery has also played a significant part in the rediscovery of the Barbizon School of painters: Jules Breton, Camille Corot, Charles Daubigny, Henri Harpignies, Charles Jacque, Leon L'Hermitte, Constant Troyon and other great artists of the 19th century French landscape tradition. Belle Époque painters & printmakers such as James Tissot, Jules Cheret, Alphonse Mucha, and Manuel Robbe are also represented. We also exhibit and hold one of the largest collections of unique works, rare proofs, and editioned graphics and ceramics by Chagall, Picasso, and Matisse.

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