Sarah Crown Presents: David Syre: A Universe

Sarah Crown Presents: David Syre: A Universe

March 8 – April 6, 2024

New York


 David Syre in his studio 


SARAHCROWN is proud to present “David Syre: A Universe”, the artist’s second solo show with the gallery. The exhibition will open on March 8, 2024 (6–8PM) and run through April 6, 2024.

David Syre is an American self-taught artist living and working in Tucson, AZ, and Bellingham, WA. Syre produces large-scale acrylic paintings, drawings, watercolors, and monumental art installations inspired by the subconscious, nature, and his travels.


 David Syre, Burning Man Tree, 2017, Prisma Crayon on black paper, 15 x 11 in. 


For his signature style of drawings on black paper Syre uses a form of quick and powerful gestures similar to his acrylic paintings, referencing a recurring set of themes throughout, such as the universe, landscapes and architecture, tribute to the land, and totems.

The exhibition at SARAHCROWN features a large number of his most notable drawings, selected from an archive that includes almost 4000 works. Accompanied by a selection of paintings, the exhibition aims to highlight Syre’s deep connection with the places he inhabits and travels through, as well as existential questions about human interconnectedness and higher forces that guide us.


 David Syre, Come Find Me, 2018, Prisma Crayon on black paper, 12 x 9 in


Syre first started making art with his Swedish grandmother after battling polio at age 4, and, since then, has never stopped – even though he pursued a more traditional career in business development. All his life, art-making was a salvation and an urge to fulfill, and he found inspiration in spirituality that affected his life’s journey, both artistically and personally. Syre traveled the world studying forms of religion, spiritual practices, and Indigenous peoples and civilizations. He was captivated by the ancient wisdom of nature he found at the core of these cultures. Nature, these Indigenous cultures, and the primordial connection between them and the land became one of the biggest influences on his art. Inspirations originating from Syre’s meditative practices, in the end, translate to an ever-evolving, sophisticated, and prolific body of work.


 David Syre, Energy Of Determination, 2018, Prisma Crayon on black paper, 15 x 11 in. 


Over the years, Syre developed and mastered this unique voice cultivated with experimentation, spontaneity, and an innate ability to grasp new techniques and adapt to new mediums. His technique often involves bold, fast-paced lines and brushstrokes, and an intricate, multi-layered composition of vivid colors. Especially visible in his large-scale paintings, Syre’s expression of the world around him is energetic and stylistic, involving thick applications of color with various methods such as dripping and lining. Syre’s artistic process is, in many ways, both ritualistic and mindful of the moment: His watercolors explore a more meditative, calculated process of painterly composition, but his expression stays similarly bold.


 David Syre, Morning Christianity, 2018, Prisma Crayon on black paper, 15 x 11 in. 


Gaining recognition later in life, Syre has exhibited in various galleries, art fairs, and public spaces throughout his career, including New York, NY; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Nice, France; Hamburg, Germany;Copenhagen, Denmark; Santa Fe, New Mexico, Vancouver, B.C. and Miami, FL. A monograph of his works on paper, The Black Book of Drawings, was published in 2022 by SARAHCROWN New York with essays by critics Jessica Holmes and Peter Frank.


 David Syre, White Out at BM, 2018, Prisma Crayon on black paper, 15 x 11 in


Syre is working on several interdisciplinary projects, including several large-scale sculptures and installations in the public realm, such as The Peace Trail Project: a longitudinal land art project in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. He completed a significant sculptural work for the Peace Arch Historical Park in Blaine, WA, in 2022.

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