My interest in art began at the age of five when I would copy the works of artists as varied as da Vinci, Toulous-Lautrec, Rodin and Lindsay. Coming from a medical family, my autodidactic studies of human anatomy over the years has helped to inform my keen interest in the human figure as a major focus in my art, especially the torso.
My major influences are the academic artists of the nineteenth century. They, like the great names of the renaissance, proved that being multi-disciplinary is the path to the understanding and mastery of any practice, showing through example that art, philosophy, mathematics and science enriches one’s practice more in combination than each could in isolation.
Pencil, Charcoal, Ink
More About Me
I allow time for development and experimentation in my approach, which I find very beneficial to the progress and improvement of my work.
In the past couple of years I have begun to explore sculpture and painting, which has helped to inform my drawing practice. I predominantly use drawing as a finished medium, adopting composition and techniques that hybridise sculptural and painterly influences.
I work from both live models and self-directed photographs, my compositions being sculptural in style and composition to retain the focus on the form. Since the “Maleny Cream @ the Butter Factory” exhibition I have found my work becoming more personal.
I have been lucky enough in the past few years to have met some established artists whom I regard as mentors. Through their guidance and generosity they have helped me to evolve my current approach to my artistic practice, a journey I see as a life-long pursuit.
Exhibitions and Awards
2020 ‘Maleny Cream @ The Butter Factory’, group exhibition, Cooroy, Qld
2018 ‘Sirens’ for ‘Paper 2’, group exhibition, Witta, Qld
2016 ‘New Works by David Bongiorno’, solo exhibition, MAD Gallery, Maleny, Qld
2015 Manning Art Prize: Naked and Nude, finalist
2014 ‘Vive l’Homme’, group exhibition, Lust for Life Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Qld
2014 Group Exhibition, Gatakers Artspace Regional Gallery, Maryborough, Qld
2013 ‘Torsos II’, solo exhibition, The Upfront Club, Maleny, Qld
2004 ‘Torsos’, solo exhibition, Steps Gallery, Carlton, Vic