Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to present Heaven and Earth, an exhibition of new oil paintings by contemporary artist David Konigsberg. This is the artist’s fifth solo show with the gallery who has had the honor of representing the artist since 2007.
With this new body of work, Konigsberg revisits the eternal and fascinating relationship between earth and sky—between stoic landscapes and their influencing opposite: a troposphere bursting with activity and rapidly shifting intention and mood.
Konigsberg, an inveterate hiker, depends on the natural world for the captured and imagined drama in his paintings. Living in the upper Hudson Valley, which is still rural and agricultural, the artist is surrounded by mountains laced with foot trails; it is an ideal location for a painter whose compositions are a testament to the sweetness of lingering recollections and the introspective journeys they inspire. David Konigsberg’s work bridges the divide between art and real life in paintings that are both objective and conceptual and are a meditation on life and creativity.
“The work in this cycle reflects a welcome (if never quite settled) return to form, after a year of challenges that left me with a truer appreciation than ever of the sweep of time. Nothing, for me, expresses this better than the never-ending rhythms of the natural landscape, and the considerable but ultimately temporary imprint of human activity.”
- David Konigsberg, 2019
The artist’s work has been exhibited throughout out the United States and has been featured in The New York Times, Chronogram, Wall Street International and Brooklyn Journal as well as numerous art and culture blogs. David Konigsberg lives and works in Hudson, New York.