Dave Schock was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1962. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, studied at the Exeter College of Art in England, and at the Art Students League in New York. His instructors included British painter Michael Mayer, and American portrait artists Nelson Shanks, George Passantino, and Aaron Shikler.
He began his professional career taking commissions as a portrait painter, and continues to do so, specializing in informal portraits of families and children.
He soon had success in the landscape genre as well with gallery exhibits in London and Boston. He has since shown extensively in distinguished galleries in the United States and England for over twenty years, and has been featured in one-man galleries in Carmel, California, and Newport, Rhode Island.
The artist's original paintings are in major private and public collections in America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. Over thirty thousand reproductions of the artist's landscape and figurative work have been published by Art Beats and the New York Graphic Society, and his artwork has appeared in "House Beautiful", as set pieces in films and television, and as book covers.
He is an award winner in painting at the Copley Society in Boston, was selected to be part of the prestigious "Possible Dreams" Auction on Martha's Vineyard, and has been honored as a featured artist with the Boston Pops.
Dave Schock's portrait work with families has been awarded "Best of Rhode Island" by RI Monthly Magazine. The Sports Museum of New England has multiple works by the artist in its collection, and an original Dave Schock painting of Terry O’Reilly was part of pre-game festivities for the Boston Bruins hockey star when his number was retired at the TD Garden.
His sports artwork has been displayed at the New England Patriots Hall of Fame, and an exhibit of his work, as part of the Deacon Jones Foundation Exhibition, was on display at Super Bowl 50 at NFL Honors and in the Legends lounge.
Dave maintains a studio in Wakefield, RI.
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Over several decades I have exhibited in many or the finest galleries in The US and UK. A partial list includes:
For me, art is about seeing the world in different ways. Perception is a choice about what we want to see, and the artist freezes a particular perception to draw attention to it, to express its validity in his or her vision of the world.
Art has the potential to direct our varying perceptions, with their constantly changing appearances, to a more constant, truthful vision of reality. Humanity could be said to be in a collective dream--expression in the various mediums of the arts ideally creates a "dream within a dream" that leads to awakening.
Personally, I utilize the figure in my paintings as a symbol of interaction and perception as well as a complete entity in itself; one system, the body, interacting with another, nature. Human perception is that these are different, separate systems at times, not at others. This dichotomy, and the search for harmonious relationships resulting from its creative resolution, are the major focus of my figurative work.
In my landscape work I choose to focus on and celebrate the successful relationship of man and nature, through a landscape woven through time with human interaction, such as a beautiful garden or farm, or the simple, timeless enjoyment of a child at play on the beach."
- Dave Schock
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