Studio Visit: David Arsenault [Get Visual]

June 3rd, 2015, 3:00 pm by Sara
Center of Attention - Oil on canvas by David Arsenault

Center of Attention – Oil on canvas by David Arsenault

By David Brickman

His work has been compared to that of Edward Hopper. He was voted “Best Visual Artist” by the readers of Metroland in 2002. And as a past president and Oakroom Artists stalwart for many years, he has shown a lot in Schenectady and just about everywhere else a painter can in the Capital Region. But David Arsenault has moved on – to Rockport, Mass. – and he’s not looking back.

I recently caught up with Arsenault in his newly opened gallery in Rockport, a sweet seacoast town on Cape Ann with beautiful harbors, rocky sea walls, inviting cafes, many galleries and a long history of resident painters. He moved there only last fall but has already immersed himself in the cultural scene and staked his claim to the town’s iconic “Motif #1,” a satisfyingly geometric red fishing shack (seen in the painting reproduced above).

Arsenault was pushed to this decision by a helpful interruption to a long career in publishing (he was trained at Sage College of Albany as a graphic designer) and pulled by an equally helpful wife who has often relocated and was ready to do it again. They landed well, renting a nifty wooden house in town and the crisp space that houses the gallery, where Arsenault has a well-lit painting loft and lots of nice walls to display his finished work, situated a stone’s throw from the Motif on a charming, touristy stretch called Bearskin Neck.

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