My watercolor paintings are always on 8 ½” x 11” pieces of paper because, to me, it feels like a common language, something we all know so well. I enjoy the idea of taking that everyday thing (just like the everyday image), something that we handle (or see) every day, and transforming it into an object (or picture) of infinite possibilities, one that contains a multitude of feelings, hard-won by hours of looking, of dreaming, of putting paint onto paper.

David Rhoads

About the Artist

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David Rhoads (b. 1987) is a New York-based artist who makes watercolor and acrylic paintings of everyday images. David graduated with a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and currently works as Senior Collections Manager in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work has been exhibited in Kansas City and St. Louis, MO as well as in Brooklyn, NY. Select publication features include KC Studio Magazine and the Kansas City Star, and he has held residencies with The Charlotte Street Foundation and The Vermont Studio Center.

News and Notables
  • DREAM BIG, solo exhibition, Crystal Visions, 2019

  • David Schmavid, solo exhibition at Hancock Street, 2018

  • With A Little Help From My Friends, solo exhibition at Dad Gallery, 2016