"What a wonderful painter you are!! With an intensely poetic mind and integrity." -FS
David Arsenault was first captivated by art in 1970 when he discovered a reproduction of Edward Hopper's painting Gas in a grade school library book. However, it wasn’t until the early ‘90s—more than twenty years later—that a professor in his graphic arts program reintroduced him to
Hopper’s work and he decided to study painting. The early influence had it's effect on him to the degree that The Wall Street Journal once wrote that "Some of Mr. Arsenault’s paintings could
pass for works by Edward Hopper.”
He studied painting at the University at Albany (NY). Since 1993 when he first began showing, David has had or participated in over one hundred fifty local, regional, and national exhibitions. He has shown in New York, Chicago, on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and in Fairfield, Connecticut, and of course throughout upstate New York. His oil paintings, giclée prints, and reproductions are found in private and corporate collections all across the United States, as well as in England, France, and Switzerland, and in the permanent collection of the Schenectady (NY) Museum. Arsenault has also served as an exhibition juror, conducted painting demonstrations and critiques, published articles, and is a juried member of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (2015). He is also former co-director of the Schenectady New York Oakroom Artists, one of the oldest membership-by-invitation artist associations in the United States.
He and his wife Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault relocated to the seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts in November 2014; on March 27, 2015 they opened The Art of David Arsenault Gallery at 26 Bearskin Neck. The Gallery relocated to 8 Dock Square in Rockport on December 1, 2016. You can follow David and the gallery on Facebook at his page, The Art of David Arsenault, and on Instagram.
It was October 22nd, 2014 when the team from WMHT-TV's Public Television program "AHA" (A House for Art) arrived at my upstate New York studio to talk and film me at work. Click the image to see WMHT-TV's AHA! episode "Light" which began with a segment about my work (running time: 4:37). A feature on Edward Hopper in New York and three more interesting segments follow. Total time around 27 minutes. If you'd like to see my segment only, click to see it on YouTube!
This is the article I discussed in a January 15th, 2015 Facebook post. The full 4-page feature can be read right here on this website. The Artist's Magazine is a publication of F & W Media, Inc.
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