David J. Eichenberg
David J. Eichenberg artwork currently at 20 North Gallery
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After David Eichenberg received his B.F.A. from the University of Toledo (Ohio) in 1998, his primary focus was sculpture until 2002. Mr. Eichenberg spent many years getting to know local and regional artists and building his reputation in the greater Toledo area. This lead to his being sought out in 2005 by the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in Ohio to spearhead the transition of their historic glass-working program formerly located in the TMA Glass Crafts Building into its newly constructed home in the award-winning Glass Pavilion. Eichenberg spent the next two years almost exclusively focused on the transition and daily running of the School of Art & Design’s public art classes at the Glass Pavilion. Along with the day to day operations, Eichenberg was also the organizer for the visiting artist program which allowed him the ability to work with glass artists such as Lino Taiglipietra, Fritz Dreisbach and Richard Ritter.
It was during 2002 that Eichenberg returned to painting. “I decided that it was time that I built on what I was taught in college and really get serious about painting. I locked myself in my studio and had to re-teach myself all that I had forgotten since my painting days in college…I read every technique book I could get my hands on, especially those from the early part of the 1900s…I took what I had learned during this intensive study and have continued to build on it ever since.”
Eichenberg has continued to hone his painting skills and his efforts have earned for him inclusion into many prestigious exhibitions in recent years, notably the prestigious Outwin-Boochever Portrait Competition 2009 at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.—one of 49 artists to be accepted into the show, out of 3,300 artists applying, and the only artist from Ohio. His award-winning painting, Duchess of Toledo, remained in the Smithsonian through 2010.
In June of 2010, he received the 3rd Award in the BP Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. His work displayed in London’s National Portrait Gallery as part of the 2011 BP Portrait Competition was well received; the exhibition was extended throughout 2011 and broke all previous attendance records for that institution, becoming the most-visited show in the history of the London National Portrait Gallery. He has been enjoying critical success and frequent exhibition of his paintings in commercial galleries throughout England and Scotland, as well as being inducted into IGOR, the International Guild of Realists, which has only 250 members worldwide, and is open only by juried selection. Mr. Eichenberg continues to exhibit in juried museum shows throughout the US and UK, and at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), in Barcelona, Spain (Finalist 2013, 2015). In 2012, he was again accepted to participate in the BP Portrait Competition in London’s National Portrait Gallery in the UK. In 2013, several of his portraits were exhibited in the Winter Exhibition at the Bernaducci Meisel Gallery in New York, New York (coiners of the term “photorealism”)—at which he sold a painting into his first permanent museum collection, the Flint Institute of Arts, in Michigan.
Previous 20 North Gallery exhibitions including artwork by David J. Eichenberg
- All Gifts Great and Small: November 5, 2010 -January 15, 2011. Click to view exhibit postcard.
- Holiday Trinkets: November 4, 2011 – January 14, 2012. Click to view exhibit postcard.
- 20 North/20 Years: April 20 – May 26, 2012. Click to view exhibit postcard.
- Luminosity: April 27 – June 30, 2017. Click to view exhibit page.