“There is a long tradition of floral paintings in Western culture, often meticulously arranged as a structured still life,” said Forsthoefel. “In contrast, my floral subjects change from hour to hour, and small movements in my perspective can dramatically alter the composition.”
Forsthoefel has a somewhat impressionistic interpretation. He indicated that his compositions are more about shapes and colors, not distinct flowers. The “We Are Stardust, We Are Golden” oil painting is a case in point. Some of the marigolds are hardly recognizable as such. He’s inspired by current artists such as Chad Barksdale and Trisha Adams, and past masters such as John Twachtman and Franz Bishoff.
“Dave has consistently created new bodies of work that always appeal to my clients. He is a Dayton native who has a large following of family and friends,” said Gallery 510 owner Loretta Puncer. “His work is emblematic of many of the terrific artists that we have here at the gallery. Gallery 510 Fine Art will celebrate its 10th anniversary soon and I am happy to have shown Dave’s work almost all of that time.”
The 45-year resident of Cincinnati grew up in Dayton and is a Carroll High School graduate. He retired from a career in commercial design in 2005. He’s had a lifelong interest in the visual arts, and many of his past works are Midwest landscapes or sculptural figures. He is a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club, the Lexington Art Guild in Florida, and the Transparent Watercolor Society.
Want to go?
WHAT: Spirits in the Material World by David Forsthoefel
WHERE: Gallery 510, 508 E. Fifth Street
WHEN: July 23 to Aug. 26
OPENING RECEPTION: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 23
HOURS: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday or by appointment
MORE INFO: 937-672-6717 | lorettapuncer.com