Mixed media artist David Lionheart uses his keen sense of depth and spatial awareness to create abstract works, enhanced by color and texture. He employs a variety of unexpected materials to create layers of dimension, including oil paints, spray paints, and industrial materials, which results in a sculptural quality in his canvas and wood pieces. In his large-scale compositions, he demonstrates a unique understanding in the power of movement over a canvas, versus representing a specific subject. This creates a powerful suggestive journey that walks the viewer over every square inch the piece. Lionheart’s work is inspired by acknowledging pain, both in his own life and in the lives of others. He reconciles that pain by creating areas of intensity and turmoil, balanced with moments of hope. His work aims to create beauty from true understanding.
Lionheart was born in New York State, and is an American painter, sculptor, and mixed media artist. He was raised by a single mother, whom he credits for having a great influence on him, especially in his understanding of overcoming trauma and adversity. When he is not working as an artist, he works at the company he founded, the non-profit organization Play for Your Freedom, a charity for Veterans. He has given a Ted Talk on turning trauma into triumph and has been working as an artist.