David Antreasian New Mexico Abstract Artist

I grew up in a family of artists which colored my perception of art ever since I was a child. I quickly learned to appreciate both representational and abstract art as equally valid methods of expression. Later I developed a strong personal interest in surrealism.


My 50 year obsession with photography began with an introductory class at the University of New Mexico in 1971 and I’ve been working with photography ever since, having studied under Wayne Lazorik and later with Betty Hahn. However, having always been pulled in the two different directions of art and science/technology, I chose to pursue a career in engineering while continuing to make art to feed my creative side.


Some of my personal favorites in the field of photography are many, including: Man Ray, Laslo Moholy-Nage, Ralph Gibson, Olivia Parker, Paul Outerbridge, Jan Groover, Frantisek Drtikol, and Jaroslav Rossler. However, I’m also strongly attracted to many of the surrealist artists of the 1920’s – 1930’s in other forms of media as well.


For nearly 30 years I produced traditional Black and White Silver Gelatin prints in a wet darkroom. The last 10 years of that period, I often hand applied oil-paint over Silver prints and produced some other alternative process prints. The following 10 years I transitioned into digital media. My first public showing was in 1991. After winning a competition, I had my first solo show in NYC in 1994. In 1995 I won the Willard Van Dyke Photography award and had my second solo show at the Megan Fox gallery in Santa Fe. During 2001- 2004, I dismantled my (fifth) studio darkroom and now work in a digital studio in my home. In 2010 I rented space in a local wet darkroom and produced some digitally sourced silver prints so I could hand-color them the old-fashioned way. I have since focused on mostly digital media but I still miss the therapeutic process of hand-painting.


My subject matter is usually non-objective/abstract/surreal imagery constructed in a studio setting. The following characteristics are an important part of my vision

– try to show the viewer something not commonly seen

- often, the color palette is quite limited

- simple forms and geometry often dominate


My work is held by The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, The New Mexico Museum of Art, The Capitol building in Santa Fe, The City of Albuquerque, and many private collectors. I continue to exhibit in Albuquerque and certain other national juried exhibitions with noted curators or a distinguished juror.