Palette of Hawaiian Faces, David Bigman, 2018, drawing, 24 x 30 in. / 60.96 x 76.2 cm.

David Bigman: Layers of Emotion and Experience

Featured image: Palette of Hawaiian Faces, David Bigman, 2018, drawing, 24 x 30 in. / 60.96 x 76.2 cm.

David Bigman’s artwork is a profound exploration of human experiences and emotions, depicted through his distinctive use of layerism.

David Bigman is an artist renowned for his use of layerism in drawings, exploring complex human emotions and experiences through rich, textured visuals.

His works, such as "3 Guys Sunburn," "Long Beach," and "Sketchbook," offer a compelling visual narrative that layers memories, perceptions, and feelings, creating complex textures and deep emotional resonance. Bigman’s drawings are not just images; they are stories told in the language of lines and colors, each layer adding a new dimension to the unfolding tale.

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3 Guys Sunburn, David Bigman, 2012

3 Guys Sunburn, David Bigman, 2012, drawing, 30 x 24 in. / 76.2 x 60.96 cm.

"3 Guys Sunburn" is an intriguing piece that utilizes Bigman’s technique of layerism to create a vivid depiction of three individuals. The layers here convey the physical sensation of sunburn through the raw, peeling textures, while simultaneously capturing the languid, almost resigned poses of the figures against a rugged, undefined background. This drawing evokes a palpable sense of discomfort yet also a camaraderie among the figures, highlighted by their shared experience.

Long Beach, David Bigman, 2009

Long Beach, David Bigman, 2009, drawing, 30 x 24 in. / 76.2 x 60.96 cm.

In "Long Beach," Bigman continues his exploration of layerism, with the drawing featuring a serene beach scene. The use of multiple layers creates a dream-like quality, blurring lines between reality and memory. This artwork reflects a nostalgic serenity, capturing the timeless and universal appeal of the seaside. The soft colors and fluid forms enhance the sense of peace and tranquility, inviting the viewer to delve into their own seaside memories.

Sketchbook, David Bigman, 2006

Sketchbook, David Bigman, 2006, drawing, 36 x 24 in. / 91.44 x 60.96 cm.

"Sketchbook" is a self-portrait that showcases Bigman’s early explorations in art and perception. The artwork uses layerism to portray the artist as a young man engrossed in his sketchbook, surrounded by a world that appears vast and overwhelming. The layers in this drawing suggest depth and introspection, emphasizing the personal and intimate nature of the creative process. This piece serves as a window into the artist's development and his reflections on his journey.

David Bigman’s use of layerism in his drawings masterfully captures the complexities of human experiences, creating a rich tapestry of visual and emotional depth. Each piece, from the sun-drenched figures of "3 Guys Sunburn" to the reflective solitude of "Sketchbook," invites viewers to explore the layers not only in the art but within themselves, making Bigman's work both a personal and universal exploration of life.

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Bath, David Bigman, 2009, drawing, 32 x 24 in. / 81.28 x 60.96 cm.

, David Bigman, 2009, drawing, 32 x 24 in. / 81.28 x 60.96 cm.

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