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David Altfeld

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Artist's Statement

To paint for me is to experience a perpetual dialectic between structure and function, form and energy, line and color, a pulling and pushing for eminence and clarity between these inseparable primary attributes .

As with an individual's striving for balance between the world of impulse and the force of ideas, is the painting's requirement for balanced and simultaneous expression in the interaction of these opposites.

In this embattled tension, one experiences continual shifts between discovery and stability, chaos and order, excitement and despair..

Riddled through the dialectic looms Color, in which these opposites find expression, excitement, and meaning. To exist in the maelstrom without succumbing to tricks and easy angles, to ride instead its wave, allows partaking in the gift of color. In the paint itself resides the love and beauty for which one strives.


Art Education:
Studied oil painting for approx. 4 years at the 92nd St. Y in both the figure, still life, and abstract painting, approx. '03-'07
Drawing the figure, National Academy of Art, N.Y. C. '99

Summer workshops:
In Plein Aire, two weeks in Province, '00
In Plein Aire one week at Bennington College, Vt. '01
In Abstract, week-long at Bennington College '01
In Pastels, week-long, at Anderson Ranch, Colorado '02
In Abstraction with Gouache, week-long, at Anderson Ranch '03
In Print-Making, two weeks, at Anderson Ranch '04
Academic background:
B.A. Cum Laude, Harvard College '55.
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, New York University, 1969.
Long-time practitioner of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with specialties in both group therapy and the supervision of psychotherapy.