David Fadden Artist in Residence at Remington Museum
Pictured: Artist David Fadden (left), and Busy World by David Fadden, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24” (right). Fadden will be artist in residence at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg from July 19 to 22, and July 26-28.
In July, the Frederic Remington Art Museum hosted acclaimed Mohawk artist David Fadden as its artist in residence. Fadden was in residence at the Museum from July 19 to 22 and July 26 to 28.
Throughout his residency, Fadden’s artwork was on display in the Museum’s Hirschey Family Gallery. Fadden was working in the same gallery space, and visitors dropped in to talk with him about his work and artistic process. More formally, Fadden discussed his work in an artist’s talk on Thursday, July 20 at 4:30 pm. The talk was free and open to the public and was held in the Museum’s Tiffany Room, with a reception after the talk.
MANY OF THE ARTWORKS FROM FADDEN'S EXHIBIT ARE FOR SALE, AND CAN BE PURCHASED IN PERSON AT THE MUSEUM, OR VIA THE MUSEUM'S ONLINE SHOP.
On Friday, July 21, Fadden, a highly esteemed portraitist, taught a class on drawing faces. This hands-on class focused on capturing facial structure in order to express personality and mood. The class was held from 10am to noon in the Museum’s Eva Caten Remington Education Center at 323 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, NY.
As part of his collaboration with the Remington Museum, Fadden curated an exhibition of select Remington works, which will opened on Thursday, July 27 with a free, public talk by the curator at 4:30 pm in the Museum’s Addie P. Newell Gallery.
Fadden also served as juror for the Remington Museum’s Annual Members’ Juried Art Exhibit, which opened in May and which is on view through September 10 in the Museum’s Richard E. Winter Gallery and the Torrey Family Gallery.
David Fadden was born in Lake Placid, NY in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and grew up in the tiny Adirondack community of Onchiota. There he was nurtured by the teaching and stories of his grandparents, Ray and Christine Fadden, and by the artistic example and encouragement of his parents: John Fadden, art teacher, painter, and illustrator, and Eva Fadden, wood sculptor and potter.
David’s work has been exhibited throughout the northeast. His subjects range from traditional Haudenosaunee teachings to intimate portrayals of community members. His vibrant, expressive work encompasses fine brushwork, dynamic palette knife applications, and mosaic-like paintings that capture the complexity and vitality of contemporary Indigenous identity. In addition to his strong reputation as a painter, he is recognized as a storyteller, illustrator, writer, sculptor, and exhibit designer. Much of David’s work can be seen at the Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center in Onchiota, a family-run facility founded in 1954 by his grandparents.