Drawing influence from French Romanticism and Post-Impressionism, with an emphasis on the Nabis painters, to action and color field painting of the Abstract Expressionists, David Fertig culls various stylistic elements to invent an original language emphasizing most notably an expressive use of color to convey form. As the artist explained, “I look at everything. I borrow from everyone.” His sources, however, are not only pictorial but also written. Fertig studies who the historical personages were and learns of the details involved in the battles, inventing a pictorial rendition to suit their descriptions. These paintings are not intended as history paintings in the traditional sense of the genre. Rather, they are taken from actual events without placing an emphasis on the narrative element. The movement and drama of these military engagements comes alive in each panel through Fertig’s expressive surfaces.
"Affectless, informal and, at times, breezy and brusque, his brush moves with quiet bravura."
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