Inspired by theatrical imagery, performance and dramatic exteriors, Kuehler’s compositions are often otherworldly and expressive. His subject matter revolves around evocative landscapes and personal memories.
David Kuehler was born in San Jose, California. He lives and works in Connecticut.
While stylistic references include abstract expressionism, figurative impressionism and local or contemporary vernacular. Kuehler’s vivid use of pictorial space, thick, dripping paint and thin textural washes are entirely his own.
His solo exhibitions include: Half-Life of Memory, as part of New Haven’s City Wide Open Studios, and Be Safe Be Seen, at the Burren College of Art's residency program in Ballyvaughn, Ireland. His group shows include: 2020, at the Kehler Liddell Gallery, and Rituals of Resistance, with New Haven's Nasty Women’s Collective.
As a designer and producer at the Walt Disney Company and Robert Redford’s, Sundance Film Centers, David brought cinematic narratives to life through multidimensional environments and experiences. As a performer, his credits include, Reginald Denny in Patrick Sheane Duncan's world premiere, Souls on Fire and HBO's groundbreaking film, Tuskeegee Airmen.
David served as adjunct faculty at Art Center College of Design and Stanford University’s, Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design. He was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute’s Producers Lab in 2001, and he was program advisor for the Rockefeller Foundation’s, Bellagio Residency in Lake Como, Italy.
David holds a BFA in Painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, he studied acting under E. Katherine Kerr at Playwrights Horizons in New York, and he is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Be Safe Be Seen, 2019