Fort Wayne, IN
This exhibition of Shapiro’s paintings is an introduction to his numerous themes, his processes, and the intended meaning of his work.
He devoutly studied and practiced Buddhism, which had a profound influence on his work, and he also was captivated by Asian art which taught him an appreciation for stillness, simplicity, and the beauty of calligraphic line. Shapiro internalized these influences, mixed them with his own spirituality, and fused them into a way of working and a style that were distinctly his own. The title phrase Seer, Actor, Knower, Doer, comes from a series of Shapiro’s paintings by the same name, but those words also embody the complex depths of the person and artistry of David Shapiro.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.