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David Titterington

Lecturer, Painting
Primary office:
Chalmers Hall


David Titterington was born in Kansas City and earned a BFA and an MFA from the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching at KU, he teaches drawing and painting at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Selected Work

Most of my paintings riff on themes of death, landscape, hidden imagery, and the body. I am motivated by my need to draw attention to nature and spirituality. Textures and atmospheres intrigue me – the way light falls over forms and fills spaces. I am excited by illusionism, myth, and magic. I think magic and art have many things in common. With my paintings I am conjuring states and ideas inside others. My painting process is traditional: many layers of semi-transparent paint begin with loose and rhythmic brush strokes. I enjoy how the nature of the paint itself reflects the fluidity and luminosity found in both inner and outer worlds. I never know exactly what the finished image will look like when I begin. Unforeseen problems require creative solutions, new ideas emerge from the destruction of old ones, and my own understanding of the picture evolves through process and intuition.

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