THE MULTIVERSE PAINTINGS
Donald Traver is an artist who has made work about energy for many years and is known for employing skill with color and masterful execution to make paintings, prints and drawings that use accumulation, disbursement, and radiant motion to create liminal, luminous, and mesmerizing works of art.
Among other things the works on view were inspired by being at the water’s edge and looking at glistening wet sand as the sun passed from afternoon into evening. Donald noticed how the sand responded to moisture and light and wanted to find a way to render the difficulty of describing seeing and remembering something as the light recedes; or how to paint a memory as it is happening.
Traver’s work speak directly contemporary painting and its history, suggesting ideas about painting as refuge from despair, a place of exaltation, and a renewed interest in aesthetics that embrace beauty and pleasure.
Donald Traver received his BFA from SUNY, New Paltz, NY, and lives and works in New York. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Recent solo exhibitions include, Gregory Lind Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR; White Columns, New York, NY; Krygier / Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, NY. He has participated in group shows at Edward Thorp Gallery, NY; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art, New York, NY; Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY; The Work Space, New York, NY; University of Texas, Dallas, TX; Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY; NJ Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ; The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL; Barbara Toll Gallery, New York, NY; Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY; Galeria Fucares, Madrid, Spain and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH. Public Collections include: Chase Bank, Fogg Art Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, IBM, The Progressive Corporation, The Queens Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and Yale University.