David Skillicorn

Artists Statement


DAVID SKILLICORN originally honed his skills as a landscape painter and colorist. By the end of the 1990’s his interests had evolved toward abstracted pixilated portraits and then on to a number of purely abstract works painted in series. His large body of work has evolved through the years, leading directly to the luminous abstract paintings he is known for today. Skillicorn has exhibited widely in a number of solo and juried group exhibitions, and his paintings are now part of private collections throughout the country.

Curators who have selected Skillicornʼs paintings for inclusion in juried shows include: Carl Belz, Director Emeritus The Rose Art Museum Brandeis University, Ian Berry, Curator Tang Art Museum Saratoga Springs NY, Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture, City of Boston, Mim Brooks Fawcett, Director Attleboro Arts Museum, Adrian Tio, Dean of College of Visual Arts UMass Dartmouth, and Beth Urdang, Beth Urdang Gallery,Boston.

Skillicorn’s life as a visual artist began with extensive work with video in the late 1970’s, leading to an earlier career as a multiple Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker. His visual vocabulary deepened through those years while filming literally hundreds of thousands of images across a wide spectrum of cultures and landscapes in more than forty countries. His intensive experiences filming the textures of culture, color and landscape throughout the world have had a lasting impact on his visual sensibilities and have informed the unique visual language he has brought to his work as an abstract painter for the past twenty years..

In his work, Skillicorn says he reaches for an elusive quality beyond the material aspects of a painting, toward an intangible essence which can only be perceived intuitively. In a world he says often feels too rushed, chaotic and overloaded for many people, he hopes his paintings, in their quiet simplicity, richness, and resonate quality, might serve as a bit of an antidote.