David Schock was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1962. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, studied at the Exeter College of Art in England, and at the Art Students League in New York.
His instructors included British painter Michael Mayer, and American portrait artists Nelson Shanks, George Passantino, and Aaron Shikler.
He began his professional career taking commissions as a portrait painter, and continues to do so, specializing in informal portraits of children.
Success in the landscape genre soon followed in gallery exhibits in London, England, and Boston, Massachusetts. He has since shown extensively in some of the best galleries in the United States for over twenty years, and has been featured in one-man galleries in Carmel, California, and Newport, Rhode Island.
The artist's original paintings are in major private and public collections in America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, including the Sports Museum of New England.
Over thirty thousand reproductions of the artist's landscape and figurative work have been published by Art Beats and the New York Graphic Society, and his artwork has appeared in "House Beautiful", as set pieces in films and television, and as book covers.
He is an award winner in painting at the Copley Society in Boston, was selected to be part of the prestegious "Possible Dreams" Auction on Martha's Vineyard, and has been honored as a featured artist with the Boston Pops.
In 2009, David Schock's portrait work with families was awarded
"Best of Rhode Island" by RI Monthly Magazine.
The Sports Museum of New England has multiple works by the artist in its collection, and an original David Schock painting of Terry O’Reilly was part of pre-game festivities for the Boston Bruins hockey star when his number was retired at the TD Garden. His sports artwork was displayed at Patriot’s Place for the 2015 opener, and an exhibit of his work was at Super Bowl 50 at NFL Honors and in the Legends Lounge.
Artist's Statement ~
For me, art is about seeing the world in different ways. Perception is a choice about what we want to see, and the artist freezes a particular perception to draw attention to it, to express its validity in his or her vision of the world. Art helps us to direct our varying perceptions with their constantly changing appearances on to a more constant, truthful vision of reality. Humanity could be said to be in a collective dream--art ideally creates a "dream within a dream" that leads to awakening.
Personally, I utilize the figure in my paintings as a symbol of interaction and perception as well as a complete entity in itself; one system, the body, interacting with another, nature. Human perception is that these are different, separate systems at times, not at others. This dichotomy, and the search for harmonious relationships resulting from its creative resolution, are the major focus of my figurative work.
In my landscape work I choose to focus on and celebrate the successful relationship of man and nature, through a landscape woven through time with human interaction, such as a beautiful garden or farm, or the simple, timeless enjoyment of a child at play on the beach." - David Schock
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