BIO

David Hirschi was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in 1952. In 1974, Hirschi moved to San Francisco after graduating from the University of Utah where he received a BA magna cum laude in creative writing and art history. He continued his education at the Academy of Art College, San Francisco, from 1982 to 1983.

Hirschi relocated to northern New Mexico in 1991. While in New Mexico he exhibited at several local galleries and at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, where in 2001 he completed an installation of wall paintings with three other Santa Fe artists. From 1999 to 2006 he contributed works to "SITE Unseen," the biannual fundraiser for SITE Santa Fe.

In 2003 he was instrumental in the creation of a monthly program of artist lectures at Santa Fe Art Institute which he curated until 2005. His work has been shown in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas in the US and in Milan, Italy.

In the fall of 2006, Hirschi established his studio in Marfa, Texas, where he now lives.

STATEMENT

"In 1995 I drastically changed my way of painting, dissatisfied with the results of my attempts at narrative painting and abstraction, painting derived from objects and subjects external to the act of painting in itself. I responded by reducing my painting to what I considered at the time to be its essentials — color applied to a surface. I started again and I wanted to start at the beginning, with a "beginner's mind." I began with three, small square paintings and by the end of two years had 14 paintings, each a different red, each the same size. So started my monochrome paintings and the sense I had arrived at a vocabulary which was my own. (It would not be until years later that I discovered the long history of monochrome painting after a long, self-imposed isolation from the art world while I 'figured things out.')

"I trace this desire for simplicity and reduction to a similar trajectory in my life. I moved into a cabin in Northern New Mexico in 1992 without electricity or running water. I learned first-hand what is meant by "chop wood, carry water" quite literally. (The reaction of friends was the same for both my life in the cabin and the later beginning of the monochromes — they thought I was insane.)

"I unabashedly admit to seeking to make paintings which are beautiful - in the sense a mathematical equation is called beautiful. I continue to ask myself each day when I enter the studio, what is essential in the act of painting, and I continue to be both intrigued and satisfied working within the long tradition of the monochrome."

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
'Marfa in Milan: Fourths & Fifths,' Spazio Orzo 16, Milano, Italy
2012
'Fourths & Fifths,' Exhibits 407, Marfa, Texas
2010
'David Hirschi: Paintings and New Print Edition,' Inde/Jacobs Gallery, Marfa, Texas
2008
'David Hirschi,' Inde/Jacobs Gallery, Marfa, Texas
2004
'David Hirschi: Paintings,' Chiaroscuro Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2004
'David Hirschi: Paintings,' Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1989
'Works in and of Paper,' Live Art Gallery, San Francisco, California

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
'Opening Celebration,' Inde/Jacobs Gallery, Marfa, Texas
2015
'Patrick McFarlin's Goldfinch Variations,' Peters Projects, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2013
Gallery artists group show, Inde/Jacobs Gallery, Marfa, Texas
2013
'Blue,' Offroad Productions, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2011
Gallery artists group show, Inde/Jacobs Gallery, Marfa, Texas
2007
'NM10,' Cinemaland, Los Angeles, California
2006
'SITE Unseen 4,' SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005
'Bloc-Busta,' Trevor Lucero Studio, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2004
'Insight Out,' Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004
'SITE Unseen Preview Exhibit,' James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003
'X-Treme Color,' Rule Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2003
'Peace Show,' Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2002
'Collect,' Plan B Evolving Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2001
'Beaux Arts Preview,' James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2001
'wallwork,' Plan B Evolving Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1999
'Drawn to the Future,' Conlon Siegal Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1999
'SITE Unseen Preview Exhibit,' James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1999
Gallery artists group show, Conlon Siegal Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1998
Gallery artists group painting show, Conlon Siegal Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1992
'Visions of Excellence VI,' Fine Arts Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2012
Mattingly, June. 'The State of the Art: Contemporary Artists in Texas'
2010
Mattingly, June. 'Marfa (Part Two) Artist David Hirschi,' TexasContemporaryArt.com, October 20, 2010
2007
'David Hirschi: Ribbed Paintings.' Self-published catalog.
2005
'Bloc-Busta,' exhibition catalog, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004
Tobin, Richard. 'Insight Out: Reversing Vandalism,' THE magazine, July 2004
2004
Fischer, Zane. 'Sample Platter: Ten art picks worth tasting,' Santa Fe Reporter, June 9, 2004
2004
Indyke, Dottie. 'Wrecked Texts,' Albuquerque Journal, June 4, 2004
2004
Cline, Lynn. 'Art from the Ashes,' Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, June 4 - 10, 2004
2004
'Insight Out,' exhibition catalog, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003
Chandler, Mary Voelz. 'Critic's Choice,' Rocky Mountain New & The Denver Post, November 29, 2003
2003
Collins, Tom. 'Peace & War,' Albuquerque Journal, May 23, 2003
2001
Collins, Tom. 'Faux Funk,' Albuquerque Journal, October 21, 2001
2001
Sharpe, Tom. 'Art on the Wall,' Santa Fe New Mexican, September 15, 2001
2000
'New American Paintings,' No. 30 (Fall 2000)
1999
'Arte' magazine, Fall 1999