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ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE
MASTER ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS
AUGUST 9, 2006

DAVID FAIRRINGTON


http://fairrington.home.mindspring.com/index.html

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DAVID FAIRRINGTON
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

 

"An artist disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for a better understanding..."                          
                           -Robert Henri, THE ART SPIRIT

Growing up in an Air Force family, we criss-crossed the country for years, finally settling in Wichita Falls, Texas. There I discovered as the perpetual "new kid", I could draw faces for money and social acceptance. It later helped pay my way through college at Texas Tech University, then my world abruptly changed, I was drafted and sent to Vietnam.
 

  As an "Army Combat Artist" based in Saigon, I experienced the prelude to the Tet Offensive. Combat artists were given carte blanche to follow combat units in order to photograph and later interpret, through art, the images, people, places and events for the Dept. of the Army. The paintings are now in the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington D.C. Most combat artists recorded battle, villages burning and death. I found myself painting faces, this time the faces of Vietnam: soldiers, villagers, children, old people, the wounded, and the orphaned. I was heart-struck by the suffering. I was moved by the quality and depth of the human spirit reflected in their faces.

After the military, I opened my own advertising agency, designing and executing over one hundred and fifty posters for the film industry. I found that the movies were and are faces in and of themselves. From my Vietnam experiences, I found I could look into the heart of a film, find it's spirit, and transform that on to a poster.
 
Ever since Vietnam I had wanted to be a portrait painter, so twenty-seven years later I made the decision to stop commercial art and earn my living painting. I took a year and a half off and taught myself how to paint portraits, then leaped into the world of portraiture.

Painting is a deep love and a way of life now. It's what I do to find myself. I consider myself an intuitive painter, meaning I paint straight from my heart. Some clients find the paintings to be an integral part in the making and healing of the self. Some call my paintings doorways. Others refer to them as windows or mirrors to the soul, and use them as tools to look inside. All hopes, fears, loves, and hates go on the canvas. As I paint, I look into myself, and as I do, I see into the image I'm painting. The spirit of that image flows through me and on to the canvas.

David gives two day and week long painting workshops on the principles of portrait painting, including color, composition and design theory. Multiple styles and techniques in oils, acrylics, colored pencils and charcoal on different surfaces. Private teaching sessions for individuals are available. For more information, contact David at: fairrington@mindspring.com

Visit David Fairrington's website at: http://fairrington.home.mindspring.com/index.html

 


ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE
Monthly Master Artist Demonstration featuring
DAVID FAIRRINGTON

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2006
9:30 a.m. - Noon

MEETING LOCATION!
The Rancho Cucamonga Goldy S. Lewis Community Center
11200 Baseline Road
Rancho Cucamonga, California

Located on the Northwest corner of Baseline Road and Milliken Avenue.


The public is welcome!

Donation of $3 is accepted for non-members.


 

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