June 23 - 25, 2017 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
Celebrating
20 Years!

David Bjurstrom

Austin, TX Medium:Drawing/Pastels Website:http://www.davidbjurstrom.com Email:dpbjurstrom@gmail.com

After early explorations in watercolor and oil painting, David Bjurstrom came to settle on working only in pencil. “It’s probably not the most glamorous of mediums but I find it endlessly fascinating and I’ve never felt limited by that choice,” says David. “I am constantly challenged because there are no limits. There is a purity of subject and a power in black and white that cannot be matched.”

His highly detailed drawings, though broadly defined as ‘western’, encompass a wide range of subject matter from landscapes and animals to people and still lifes. “I don’t like to categorize my work or style in any one genre. I’d rather let my collectors enjoy the work for what it is without some preconceived notion of how it is classified.”

Speaking of his technique, David explains, “While many artists draw with an emphasis on lines, I use light and shadow—contrast—to delineate surfaces, much like a painter uses color. In that respect, my approach to drawing is more like painting. The only lines visible are those used to portray a texture in my subjects. They’re very rarely, if ever, used to separate one surface from another.“

“This approach mimics the way our eyes see the world. When one looks at an object, there isn’t an outline that separates it from its background. The separation is achieved through variations in color, light and shadow. Since, with the pencil, I have only black, white and shades of gray with which to work, I must rely only on the light falling across the surfaces. It is also the light or, more correctly, the shadows created by the light that reveals the textures of the subject.”

“A frequent comment is that my drawings look like photographs but they really go well beyond what a photograph could be. Because, as an artist, I have the luxury to add or subtract details that cannot be readily done with a camera, there is clarity in my subjects not easily possible in a photograph. There is also an undefined quality in my drawings that, while nearly photographic in detail, adds an emotional response. That emotion is something that comes from the artist’s hand. It results from the conscious and unconscious decisions made in the creation of the artwork.”