The Soul of Seoul – Paintings of David Richardson


THE SOUL of SEOUL | Paintings by David Richardson
at Chevy Chase Pavilion
5335 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington DC 20015

Meet the Artist: Wednesday, December 9, 609 pm in the Atrium
Exhibit: December 10, 2009 – February 28, 2010

Washington, DC – November 24, 2009 – This new series by Zenith Gallery artist, David Richardson, was inspired by his years living in Seoul, South Korea from 2007-2009, serving as a Lt. Colonel in the US Marine Corps. The work reflects the symbols seen on the street of Seoul and their change in appearance as day turns to night. “During the day,” he says, “the city is drab and gritty, but at night the neon lights go on, adding color and radiance to the Greek and Latin crosses topping the churches perched on the mountains surrounding the city.”

“Expatriate 19″ by David Richardson, oil & acrylic on canvas 38″ x 38”

Throughout his military service, Richardson has enjoyed a second career as a successful painter, with his work being featured in galleries in Washington, North Carolina and Louisiana, and in corporate and residential collection. He says he uses color and symbols to express emotions sparked by his living environment or or books he is reading, but that sometimes his influence is the sheer visual impact of his physical surrounding. During four years in the Orient, Richardson became fascinated with the impact that religious symbols, business logos and graffiti had on him even thought he could not speak the language.

Although Richardson paints primarily in oil, he also works in acrylic and metal. He was taught to paint and draw by his mother, an artist and teacher, and later studied art at Harding College in Arkansas, where he graduated with a degree in biology.

For this show and others in the future, , Zenith Gallery is teaming up with Chevy Chase Pavilion as a venue for showing its eclectic mix of art in all media. 

Now celebrating 43 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media, style, and subject. The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012. Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004.