German based painter David Uessem has been developing his skills in realistic portraiture for the past several years. He studied free painting at IBKK Bochum, joining Prof. Dr. Qi Yangs’ master class. It was Prof. Yang who inspired him to create a formal language that derives its core dynamic from opposition.
The artist's distinctive personal style emanates a buoyant aesthetic. The inescapable facets of human existence; insecurity, fear, vulnerability, pride, strength, and interpersonal relationships are at the core of David’s work. Concealed with shiny foils and sequins that shimmer or adorned with equally compelling elements as disco balls, astronaut gear and flower helmets, Uessem's masked protagonists create an interplay of surrealistic visual worlds that blur reality and illusion.
Uessem's larger than life portraits of veiled visages, coupled with a variety of animals and hidden objects set against picturesque backdrops are brought to life with contrasting, harmonious colors and bold compositions.