David Becker


Artist Gallery Selections at SFMOMA Artists Gallery

October 2018 — Selections from the Artists program at SFMOMA are on view in the SFMOMA Artists gallery in Building A. Fort Mason, San Francisco.

Film School 60x48" Acrylic on Canvas

Sloan Miyasato, San Francisco

June 2018 — A dynamic group show of contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, tapestry, and works on paper curated by art advisor Michelle Bello at Sloan Miyasato. With more than 25 years of professional art market expertise Michelle meticulously culls work from a network of the finest artist studios, private collections, art presses, and nationally recognized galleries. This latest show features work fresh from the studios of emerging and mid-career artists, as well as museum-quality pieces by established names.

“Black Daisy” is a large scale acrylic painting created in my Oakland studio in 2015. The piece reflects my ongoing interest in the exploration of the possibilities of paint and its vernacular. I hope you will take time to see this beautiful and encompassing show of work.

Black Daisy Acrylic Paint on Canvas 86x86 2015

Recent Paintings at Art Market SF

April 2018 — George Lawson Gallery will present a selection of recent large scale paintings from the Quixote series at Art Market SF.

Art Market San Francisco
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
Booth 407 (near the front entrance, center row on the left)
April 27-30, 2018
VIP Opening April 27 – 6-10 pm

Public hours:
Friday April 28 12-8 pm
Saturday April 29 11-7 pm
Sunday April 30 12-6 pm

Factum 84x66" Acrylic Paint on Canvas 2016

New Work at George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco

October 2017 —

I dreamt bees made sweet honey from my past failures. The title is a paraphrase of a line from Spanish poet Antonio Machado’s famous poem, Last Night As I Was Sleeping. The full stanza reads (in a translation by Robert Bly),

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

The seven works in this exhibition each in their own way embody the spirit and revelation of Machado’s theme, that new life, creativity itself, can be seen as an aqueduct cut through stubborn ground by false starts, exploration and learning from mistakes. Layering, revision, and a broad-faced version of painting pentimento (Italian for repentance) play a formal as well as a narrative role in all of these large-scale paintings, resolving into bold and assured images. Los Angeles painters Charles Arnoldi and Jacob Melchi match up with Bay Area painters David Becker, Jenny Bloomfield, Linda Geary, David Maxim and Ann Harrold Taylor to present the fruits of marvelous errors.

Molly 84x62" Acrylic Paint on Canvas 2015