b. 1984 Every aspect of McLeod's work is designed, fabricated and finished by him. His last solo show, UBIQUITY, explored a cultural phenomenon in 10 works on tempered glass. He is represented by Booth Gallery.
//BIOGRAPHY// BRIEF: David McLeod is a painter and materials artist. He works in various media, currently exploring oil paint on tempered glass. His personal work is collected by contacting the studio or his current representation, Booth Gallery. He takes select portrait commissions directly and through Portraits, Inc. THEN: David McLeod was raised by loving parents who surrounded him with ample opportunity to explore his passions for drawing, building, exploring, and thinking. He took art lessons as a child and hated painting until high school. Around 12-years-old, he built a toy motorcycle just like the one that would appear in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies; it was indestructible (just ask one of his four younger brothers). He was convinced he’d design for Lego™ one day. David didn’t go to art school, but he did attend Vanderbilt University (United States top 20 undergraduate university) and graduate with two majors (Engineering Science, Studio Art). During four years there, he spent time each week as an apprentice under one of the foremost portrait painters, Michael Shane Neal. McLeod finished his apprenticeship with Neal, graduated with honors from Vanderbilt and started work on private commissions and personal work. NOW: The thousands of hours spent painting, studying engineering principles, and fabricating with machinery have given him the tools to communicate. His appetite for understanding has led him to inspect concepts of human motives, particularly as they are currently exercised. The merging of these tools and concepts has led to work that finally recaptures his childhood passions. Indeed, when he started painting on glass with the intention to incite curiosity, he felt like he discovered what he was really supposed to be working toward as an artist. His current and future work will move further in the direction of “question everything” when it comes to materials and human desires. He’s already starting to wonder if he will call himself a “materials artist” instead of a “painter”. He lives on a 53 acre farm with his darling wife and their three children. He still takes on select commissions directly and through Portraits, Inc.
//CURRENTLY// Creating a [digital input]/[analogue output] device for manipulating the media alongside traditional application.
//Curriculum Vitae// 2017 Paintguide NYC. Group show. Booth Gallery, New York, NY. 2017 Psychological Realism. Group show. Booth Gallery, New York, NY. 2016 UBIQUITY. Solo show with 10 works in oil on glass. Woodlawn, Alabama. 2016 Portraits, Inc.: Portraits and Florals. An exhibition of portraits and still lifes. Birmingham, Alabama and New York, New York. 2014 The Art of the Portrait. Haynes Galleries. Thomaston, Massachusetts, and Nashville, Tennessee. 2003-2007. Vanderbilt University. Bachelors of Arts (Studio Art), Bachelors of Science (Engineering Science). Graduated with honors (magna cum laude). 2003-2007. Apprenticeship with artist Michael Shane Neal.
"All these works suggest the power of the internal over the external—of the unconscious over the conscious—but nowhere is its power more evident than in David McLeod’s Untitled Hologram of Time, 2016 and Portrait of a Spinning Man, 2015. McLeod’s portrait literally spins—it’s attached to a device that makes it spin and quiver—suggesting the power of the unconscious to make one’s head spin. In the hologram his face fragments as it moves through time, suggesting the power of the unconscious to fragment the self." - Donald Kuspit, White Hot Magazine, 2017
//Selected Press & Awards// 2017 Portrait Society of America. International Portrait Competition. Exceptional Merit, Untitled Hologram of Time. 2017 WhiteHot Magazine. Donald Kuspit on Contemporary Physiognomists. 2017 American Art Collector. Human Psyche feature. 2017 Arrested Motion. Previews: Psychological Realism at Booth Gallery. 2015 Portrait Society of America. Members Only Competition. 8th place, Autonomy and Intimacy. 2013 Strokes of Genius 6: The Best of Drawing. Beneath It All. 2012 Oil Painters of America, Regional Exhibition in Bennington, VT. Human, Award of Excellence. 2012 Art Renewal Center. ARC 2011/12 Salon Finalist. Refraction”. 2012 American Artist Magazine. The Portrait: a full-length documentary. Featured in American Artist Magazine’s online publication. 2011 American Impressionist Society, 12th Annual Exhibition in Carmel, CA. Reticence, finalist. 2010 Portrait Society of America, Member’s Only Competition. Blair, 2nd Place. 2010 Southwest Art Magazine. 21 Under 31: Top Emerging Artists 2010 Nashville Scene. Best Visual Artist.