CREATIVE WE ADORE: DAVID PEDERSEN

Like most artists, the difficult thing is starting. Not to sound dramatic, but it’s a feeling of dread! But once I start, I’m completely consumed.
— David Pedersen

Painting is one of my (Alyssa) most treasured forms of art, and abstract paintings are my favorite paintings to look at. There's so much emotion in the colors used, the way they lay on the canvas, blend together or separate. Sometimes, I come across those special artists who's work moves and inspires me to become a better painter, a better artist - and David Pedersen is that artist. When I first saw his work, I was amazed. It's nothing short of incredible and I'm so honored to feature him in our Creatives We Adore series. 

David is a contemporary abstract painter located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read on to learn more about himself and his work. 

"Blue 1" & "Blue 2" - Oil on masonite - David Pedersen

WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN ART?

Ever since I was young, I would draw - even have competitions with my good family friend, who is also an artist (our siblings would judge). I would draw mostly portraits of athletes or team logos. It got to the point were I was selling drawings to my 3rd grade classmates and my best-friend would color them in for a cut of the profit - quite the business model!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ART? 

I love everything about it. The process allows for trial and error, and is a form of meditation for me. I don't have a worry in the world when I'm painting - it's just me and the surface I'm painting on. And my music. The best feeling is when you finish a session and feel like you've done it. Your feelings might change a few days later, but there is a moment of complete gratification.

"Apprehension" - Oil on Canvas - David Pedersen

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MEDIUMS YOU WORK WITH?

I began drawing with graphite - mostly portraiture. It transitioned to charcoal as I gained skills early in college. My first experience with oil paints occurred midway through college, and it was a breakthrough for me. Abstraction became my focus and joy, and I found it as a release from the realism I was so focused on before. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF ART? 

As I mentioned, my style to view and create art is contemporary abstract painting. For quite some time I focused on realism, and you receive a lot of adulation when you work in that medium, but there is much more value to me personally working abstractly. I love the mystery of it and seeing how it affects others - while everyone agrees when a portrait is well done, it is not such a sure thing with abstraction - that's part of why I like the latter.

"Cascade" & "White" - Oil on masonite - David Pedersen

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?  

Like most artists, the most difficult thing is starting. Not to sound dramatic, but it's a feeling of dread! But once I start, I am completely consumed - I will spend hours at a time, and will keep at it until it's in a good place to stop. I'll walk by it every day and wait to see if it eventually starts to look like crap - if it continues to look good and I still have admiration for what I've done, then the painting is ready for the world!

"Wake" & "Gold" - Oil on masonite - David Pedersen

WHAT KIND OF SCHOOLING/TRAINING HAVE YOU HAD? 

I went to Gustavus Adolphus College for undergrad - Gustavus is a private liberal arts school in Minnesota. There I majored in Studio Art as well as Business Management.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE YOU'VE EVER CREATED? 

I have a few that I probably think are better, but I suppose my 'favorite' piece is the very first painting I created in the abstract style that continues to be my focus. Ake Bonnier, Bishop of the Diocese of Skara in Sweden (so the bishop for the King and Queen of Sweden) offered to buy this painting from me. I decided it was too important to me at the time to sell it, so I still have it and it's hung up on the wall. Can't tell if it was cool of me not to sell it

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION? 

Gerhard Richter is the inspiration for the abstract style that I've embraced - I love that guy! I once emailed his publicist and sent a photo of my work; I didn't really ask anything specifically, now that I think about it, so not sure what I was expecting from that. Needless to say, I didn't hear back

"Red" & "Striations" - Oil on masonite - David Pedersen

WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR IN THE FUTURE (IN REGARDS TO YOUR CRAFT)?

I just hope to dedicate more time to it - I work full-time in advertising, but painting remains a wonderful hobby leading to commissions for paintings now and again. I'd love to have more projects to work on so it forces me to create more, otherwise it is easy to get complacent. I'd like to explore ways of pushing my work further in scale, quality and using different mediums.

WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF? 

I never like this question - I don't know if anyone finds me all that interesting  Usually the art thing is surprising to people, but you already know that about me. I consider myself an athlete and enjoy most sports, as well as exploring the outdoors. Traveling is a big thing for me - one highlight was seeing the Dalai Lama speak in person in Dharamsala, India, his home in exile.

"Deciduous" - Oil on masonite - David Pedersen

  • Check out more of David's work HERE
  • Email: davidjonpedersen@gmail.com
  • Phone: (651) 757-5263