<i>Aristotle Contemplating Bust of Homer</i>, 2009
Oil on canvas
49 x 38 inches
124.5 x 96.5 cm
Aristotle Contemplating Bust of Homer, 2009
Oil on canvas
49 x 38 inches
124.5 x 96.5 cm
<i>Untitled</i>, 2010
Oil on paper
26 x 18 inches
66 x 45.7 cm
Untitled, 2010
Oil on paper
26 x 18 inches
66 x 45.7 cm
<i>Untitled</i>, 2009
Oil on canvas
29 x 20 inches
73.7 x 50.8 cm
Untitled, 2009
Oil on canvas
29 x 20 inches
73.7 x 50.8 cm
<i>Untitled</i>, 2010
Oil on paper
26 x 18 inches
66 x 45.7 cm
Untitled, 2010
Oil on paper
26 x 18 inches
66 x 45.7 cm
<i>Untitled</i>, 2014
Multi-panel oil on canvas
114 x 120 inches
289.6 x 304.8 cm
Untitled, 2014
Multi-panel oil on canvas
114 x 120 inches
289.6 x 304.8 cm
<i>Untitled</i>, 2008
Oil on canvas
44 x 64 inches
111.8 x 162.6 cm
Untitled, 2008
Oil on canvas
44 x 64 inches
111.8 x 162.6 cm
<i>Untitled</i>, 2008
Acrylic on archival pigment print
16 x 28 inches
40.6 x 71.1 cm
Untitled, 2008
Acrylic on archival pigment print
16 x 28 inches
40.6 x 71.1 cm
<i>Untitled, Daimoku</i>, 2014
Oil on canvas
18 x 25 inches
45.7 x 63.5 cm
Untitled, Daimoku, 2014
Oil on canvas
18 x 25 inches
45.7 x 63.5 cm
<i>Parenthesis #7</i>, 2007
Oil on canvas
52 x 42 inches
132.1 x 106.7 cm
Parenthesis #7, 2007
Oil on canvas
52 x 42 inches
132.1 x 106.7 cm
<i>Untitled</i>, 2006
Oil on paper
18 x 26 inches
45.7 x 66 cm
Untitled, 2006
Oil on paper
18 x 26 inches
45.7 x 66 cm

David Klamen (American, b. 1961) is a contemporary painter whose work grows in conjunction with his interest in literature, theology, and philosophy, centralized around the questions, "How do we know what we know?" and "How do we come to know what we know?" Klamen paints both figuratively and abstractly, sometimes combining the two approaches by incorporating geometric lines or patterns atop his high finished landscapes. Klamen likens the abstract element to a fourth dimension in this setting. His work is meditative and quiet, engaging the audience with deep tonal values and extreme control, requiring the viewer to look more than once into the complexity of each work. In Klamen's most recent series, Meta-paintings, he focuses in on the vision of other artists and of the viewer, isolating individual historically significant works of art in situ, turning them on sharp angles, and repainting them with foreshortened perspective. With each iteration, upwards of twenty paintings are arranged salon-style into a large-scale multi-canvas installation.

Klamen earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in 1983 and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 1985. Klamen is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Northwest. He lives and works in Chicago.

Klamen is represented in the following collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; and the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin.

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Body Building

Jul 6 - Aug 14, 2015 | Chicago

David Klamen  Painting Paintings

Feb 19 - Apr 10, 2010 | Chicago & New York

David Klamen  New Paintings

Mar 29 - May 5, 2007 | Chicago

David Klamen  Compound Views

Feb 18 - Mar 25, 2005 | New York

David Klamen  Conflate, Disclose, Erase

Jan 10 - Feb 7, 2003 | Chicago & New York

David Klamen  Recent Paintings and...

Feb 20 - Mar 31, 2001 | New York

David Klamen  New Works
Sep 1 - 30, 1999 | Chicago

David Klamen  Index, Icon, Horizon

Sep 17 - Oct 17, 1998 | New York

David Klamen  Paintings

Nov 15 - Dec 28, 1996 | Chicago

David Klamen  New Drawings

Sep 16 - Oct 8, 1994 | Chicago

David Klamen  New Paintings

Jun 18 - Aug 31, 1993 | Chicago
The Huffington Post Recontextualizing Pieces of Art History and Scraps of Everyday Life – May 2014
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Richard Gray Gallery at EXPO Chicago 2015
September 17, 2015

Richard Gray Gallery at EXPO Chicago 2015: Booth 319. Presenting work by Marc Chagall, Bethany Collins, Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Eric Fischl, Sam Francis, Alberto Giacometti, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Malia Jensen, Alex Katz, David Klamen, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, John McLaughlin, Pablo Picasso, Jaume Plensa, Leon Polk Smith, Ed Ruscha, Mitchell Squire, Evelyn Statsinger, John Stezaker, Marc Swanson, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool. See an image preview on Artsy.

Group exhibition Body Building opens at Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
July 6, 2015

Body Building is a group exhibition that examines relationships between the human body and the urban architectural environment. The show draws on works from as early as 1917 to show recurring ways that artists use the built environment to interpret the human form, and how the body in turn becomes a lens for architecture.

Featuring work by José de Rivera, Malia Jensen, Alex Katz, David Klamen, Ellen Lanyon, Jim Lutes, Robert Nickle, Judith Rothschild, John Stezaker, and John Storrs. The exhibition runs through August 14, 2015.

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