Biography David Kupferman’s work has spontaneous, gestural imagery that weave a tapestry of visions in a unique fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics and philosophy. He is a longtime resident of Fairfield, IA and spent many summers painting on Cape Cod. He was born in Boston and is the son of artists Ruth Cobb and Abstract Expressionist Lawrence Kupferman. He studied and apprenticed with his father, Head of the Dept. of Painting, at the Massachusetts College of Art and attended the University Of Wisconsin, Madison and MERU, Switzerland. Kupferman is in 15 museum collections and has had solo shows in 2 museums and over 40 galleries including NY, Boston and Chicago. He received major grants from the Pollock/Krasner and the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundations. He is in numerous private and public collections of hospitals, banks and corporations.
Statement My lyric abstract paintings are celebrations of the mystery, magnitude and dynamism of life, an expression of the infinite flow of light and the expansion of inner consciousness. They work on many levels simultaneously: unity in diversity, space and form, light and color, silence and movement, inner and outer awareness. They are informed by both Eastern and Western aesthetics and philosophy and integrates the two.
They are painted in a spontaneous manner, a kind of joyous improvisational duet with the rhythms of nature, a visual gospel of hymns singing the praise of nature and life. While painting, I listen to Indian Vedic hymns, Indian Ragas or improvisational jazz which helps move the flow of energy where you can feel the rhythms, pulse and vibrating waves of sound expressed in paint. My art becomes a spontaneous performance piece where I improvise along with the musicians as a visual player in the ensemble. The linear, geometric rectangular shapes act as windows or portals that help the viewer move in and out of the picture plane, flowing from outer perception to inner transcendence. They also act as a counterpointal balance to the free flowing gestural strokes of paint. Some of the paintings have references to sea and sky where the boundaries between landscapes and abstracts merge. The ocean and sky are symbols of the all encompassing, infinite flow and power of nature. Many of these paintings were done on or inspired by Cape Cod where sea light has a particular intensity with sublime atmospheric vibrations of lighted skies and rhythmically flowing waves, and also by the expansive Iowa skies over the Plains.
The paintings are both atmospheric and concrete, flowing back and forth between movement and stability. Each new painting is a joyous revelation creating a discrete world unto itself.
Museum Collections Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA Boston Public Library Art Collection Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA Provincetown Art Assoc. & Museum, MA Stamford Museum & Nature Center, CT Massachusetts College of Art, Boston The Art Center, Sarasota, FL The Art Gallery, UNH, Durham, NH Naples Museum of Art, FL Krannert Museum of Art, Urbana, IL
Solo Exhibitions Reece Galleries, New York 2008 Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 13 Crest Jewel, Fairfield, Iowa 11, 13, 14, 16 Teeple Hansen Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa 10 Johnsonese Gallery, Chicago 07-08 Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA 2004 Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA 2001-02 Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, 2001, 03, 05, 08 Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet, MA 2003 Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL 2002 Cataumet Art Center, Cape Cod 94, 96, 01, 05 Hahn Gallery, Philadelphia 99 Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL 97, 99 Newton Free Library Gallery, MA 88, 99 Thayer Academy Gallery, Braintree, MA 97 Swansborough Gallery, Wellfleet, MA 95, 96 Galerie Mourlot, Boston 92 Visual Images Gallery, Wellfleet, MA 84, 85 Unity Gallery, MIU, Fairfield, IA 79, 82 Harold Ernst Gallery, Boston, 74, 75, 76 Boston Psychoanalytic Institute 76 The French Library of Boston 75 Harvard University, Cambridge 71
Group Shows & Gallery Representation (partial list) ICON Gallery, Fairfield, IA 14- Crest Jewel, Fairfield, IA 10- Moberg Gallery Des Moines, Iowa 11- Tadu Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM 05 Walker Fine Art, Denver 04-05 Royal College of Art, London, works on Paper Show, Cynthia Corbett Gallery 2001-03 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA 98-01 Lydon Fine Art, Chicago 2001-04 Kent Gallery, Key West, FL 2002-05 Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA 80, 2000 Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA 95-06 Reece Gallery, New York 88-03 Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, MA 94, 95, 02, 03, 04 Crieger-Dane Gallery, Boston 2000 Philadelphia Museum Gallery, 93 Peter Bartlow Gallery, Chicago 93-98 Hokin-Kaufman Gallery, Chicago 92-93 Helander Gallery, Palm Beach 93-95 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco 92-95 Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago 89-95 Allene LaPedes Gallery, Santa Fe 88-89 Joel Kessler Gallery, Miami Beach 93-95 Jill George Gallery, London 91-2000 Thumb Gallery, London 86-91 New Art Center, Newton, MA 80, 92, 93 The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC 93-02 Galerie Keller, Paris 86 Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA 92-93 William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis 92-2000 Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 88-89 Andrea Marquit Gallery, Boston 91-2000 Richard Green Gallery, New York 88-89 Ianetti-Lanzone Gallery, San Francisco 88-89 David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC 85-93 Starr Gallery, JCC, Newton, MA 87, 91, 93 Bologna/Landi Gallery, East Hampton, NY 83-86, 93 Wallace-Wentworth gallery, Washington, DC 85-87 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York 85-89 MoosArt Gallery, Miami 84-86 Ingber Gallery, New York 83-84 Benjamin-Beattie Gallery, Chicago 79-82 Aaron Berman Gallery, New York 81-82 Midtown Gallery, New York 77 Getler/Pall Gallery, New York 77-79 Impressions Workshop Gallery, Boston 77 Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC 77-81 Institute of Contemporary Art, Auction, Boston 74
Corporate & Private Collections (Partial list) The Federal Reserve Banks, Chicago & Boston J.P.Morgan Bank, Los Angeles First National Bank of Boston City Federal Savings & Loan, New York Bank Of New England, Boston Anatole Hotel, Dallas Johns Hopkins Univ. Hospital, Baltimore Fidelity Investments, Boston NMB Bank, Chicago The Gillette Company Headquarters, Boston Sheraton Hotel, Los Angeles Boston University Medical Center Frieden & Hirsch, Miami Dr. Deepak Chopra Manny Ramirez, Boston Red Sox Embassy Suite Hotel, Philadelphia Bain & Company, Boston Harris Bank, Chicago Marriott Hotel, Dallas Fiduciary Trust Company, Boston Winthrop Financial Associates, Boston Dr. John Hagelin, Fairfield, IA J.N. Phillips Glass Co., MA Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, MA Sustainable Living Building, MUM, Fairfield, IA Astrazeneca R & D, Waltham, MA Coverys, Seattle. WA Manulife Financial, Boston United Fire, Cedar Rapids, IA & Los Angeles Laboure College, Milton, MA Associated Grant Makers, Boston Edward M. Kennedy Health Center, Framingham, MA Whidden Hospital, Everett, MA Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Awarded Grants Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2000 Change, Inc. Robert Rauschenberg’s artist foundation grant 1999 Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation emergency grant 1999 Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant 1988
ANCHOR magazine article, May 20016, Issue #5, https://view.publitas.com/still-harbor-anchor/anchor_issue-05/page/54
Subject of one-hour Television Documentary Impact: David Kupferman C3TV, MA 1994 Born in Boston, son of artists Ruth Cobb and Lawrence Kupferman. Studied and apprenticed to his father, Head of the Dept. of Painting, at the Massachusetts College of Art and with sculptor Mirko at Harvard University. Attended the University Of Wisconsin, Madison and MERU, Switzerland.