David Bjurstrom

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Location:

Austin, Texas

David Bjurstrom

Matriarch

Matriarch

Winter Dance

Winter Dance

At The Edge Of Town

At The Edge Of Town

While I was born in Minnesota, I actually lived most of my life in Oregon, from Ashland to Portland to Newberg to Klamath Falls and back to Ashland. For the past ten years, I’ve lived in Austin, Texas, where we moved when my husband took a teaching job at the University of Texas.

My graphite pencil drawings are primarily about memory and “the quiet”. Memory is of a place experienced or simply imagined. Where you have been, what you have done, or something you’ve only read or heard about. It creates a response, different in each of us, that matches how you personally connect to my subject. “The quiet” is the calmness that comes from seeing, truly SEEING, my work. Whether it’s a stormy sky, a group of galloping horses, or a lumbering elephant, there is always a calming ‘quiet’ to be had in my drawings and it comes from allowing yourself to virtually enter the world of the artwork just like you enter the world of a book. Tune out your surroundings. Let yourself become a part of the art.

Completed most often on Claybord panels, drawing directly on the surface by hand with no mechanical means, whatsoever. Once completed, the drawings are sealed with an archival, non-yellowing varnish that is sprayed on, creating a permanent piece of art that requires no glass & matt nor does it require a frame in the case of the 2” deep cradled panels that I most frequently use. This gives the works a contemporary quality while retaining the more traditional feel of my highly realistic drawings. The finished pieces are then completely protected, light-safe and stable. They can be treated exactly as one would treat an oil painting.