David Jon Kassan (born 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a contemporary American painter. He received his B.F.A. in 1999 from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and he continued his studies at The National Academy, and the Art Students League of New York, both in Manhattanh and later on at the British Institute of Florence. His work aesthetically captures humanity in its true form. Kassan acts as an empathetic intermediary between the subject he portrays and the viewer. More than simply replicating his subjects, Kassan seeks to understand them. He seeks to capture the essence of those he paints, imbuing them with their own voice. They communicate with the viewer interpersonally and we see them through our own eyes. Our gaze transcends the picture plane and permeates deep into the subject’s psyche. We are moved by Kassan’s depictions, captivated by powerfully expressive hands, pensive faces, and flesh that appears warm to touch. Kassan is a much sought after drawing and painting instructor and has given painting/drawing seminars and lectures at various institutions, and universities around the world. In 2013, he founded the Kassan Foundation in hopes of giving grants directly to underprivileged talent in both the visual and musical arts. Kassan works can be seen in many public and private collections worldwide.
This is a sample of his work
All images © David Kassan