David Bjurstrom is a master in the medium of graphite pencil, creating detailed, realistic drawings that are often mistaken for photographs. Having relocated to Austin, Texas has proved a good move for David, who was selected as a featured artist in Reagan Outdoor Advertising’s 2012 Austin Art Boards competition.
“The billboard is, of course, my ‘biggest’ news of the year,” writes David—pun intended—whose original pencil drawing titled “Labyrinth” was one of the winning entries (out of 220 submitted). Reagan Outdoor Advertising has a great program that supports artists and the visual arts in Austin. Every two years they run a competition where they invite local artists to submit work in any medium (three dimensional pieces are entered as photographs). Ten winners are chosen by an independent panel of jurors and the company places these enlarged artworks (the originals must be in a format of only 6 inches by 24 inches!) on area billboards for two years.
David Bjurstrom’s billboard is currently up and on display along a busy highway in Southwest Austin, but will be moved around over the two year life of the board. “It’s kind of amazing to come around a corner and see my drawing quite literally up in the sky and 48 feet wide!,” says David.
Come be amazed at La Quinta Arts Festival!
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David’s other major news item is entitled “Tapestry,” a triptych that is the largest drawing he has ever completed. Each of the three panels is three feet wide by four feet tall for an overall size, including the spaces between the panels, of nine feet eight inches by four feet. “It was a monumental effort to complete,” David remarks, “and to my delight, sold for a record amount (by nearly three times the previous record) for my work on the first day of the first show in which it was shown: “Art In The Pearl” in Portland, Oregon over this past Labor Day weekend. I am working on concepts for another ‘monumental’ piece I will bring to the 2013 La Quinta Arts Festival in March.”
We can’t wait to see it, David, and hope your monumental successes continue. Read more about David Bjurstrom and view samples of his work at the LQAF.com Online Gallery.
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