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David R. Prentice (b. 1943), is an American artist born in Hartford, Connecticut. After two years of attending The Hartford Art School, Prentice withdrew and continued his education in New York City by working as a studio assistant to many prominent American painters including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Alexander Liberman, Malcolm Morley and Andy Warhol. The famous Henry Geldazhler, former curator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art was instrumental to the start of his career by introducing him to Jasper Johns. Prentice also assisted legendary gallerists such as Betty Parsons to mount exhibitions in Lausanne, Switzerland and Carl Van der Voort in Ibiza, Spain. In addition to mastering a technical hand, Prentice is an expert stretcher maker. All of his original artworks are painted on canvases that he personally built. Many artists including Cy Twombly and Malcolm Morley trusted him to stretch their multi-million-dollar paintings, on stretchers that he made specifically for them. The minimalist White Series (1966-1971) put Prentice in the same arena as his mentors. He received an invitation from Ileana Sonnebend to exhibit in her Paris gallery. In January of 1970 Prentice was the inaugural show when her gallery moved to New York City. Also in 1970, his painting Wheat Straw Papers was featured in the Whitney Museum Annual, it is still in his possession. Pieces from that series were acquired by the Smithsonian, the MoMA, Yale University, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and other public and private collections. In the mid 1980s, Prentice developed a hunger for the kind of content that can be found in landscape. He had to relearn how to paint representationally. Many of his collectors were dismayed at the change of style, which forced him to develop new relationships. One Sunday afternoon in 1986, his whole life changed. He met Shinko, a Japanese woman with an incredible business acumen, who would become his wife. Together they spent half of the year in her hometown of Asahikawa, Japan and the NoHo neighborhood of New York City until her sudden passing in 2016. During this time, he learned to speak Japanese and became an international sensation, showing in the top galleries in Tokyo and other cities. Prentice is honored to have been the first non-Japanese foreign artist to be admitted as a member of the gallery at Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi – arguably the premier gallery in Japan, if not Asia. His artwork was exhibited there in 1997, 2009 and 2011. In 2000, Royce Confect commissioned Prentice for 100 paintings, to chronicle the owner’s hometown in Hokkaido. Robert Rauschenberg’s response to the commission, “that's almost too much”, solidified his stature. He completed the assignment in seven years. The Durst Organization invited Prentice to show his artwork in the lobbies of buildings they owned including The Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast. After leaving his New York City loft of 50 years, Prentice currently resides in Davie, Florida and continues to paint when not traveling the world.
Studio Assistant To:
Museum and Corporate Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Yale University, New Haven Connecticut
Grey Gallery New York University, New York
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Connecticut
Rhom Hass Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
Crescent Hotel, Asahikawa, Japan
Kirama hospital, Asahikawa, Japan
Royce Confect, Sapporo, Japan
The Grand Hotel, Ashikawa City, Japan
1967, Park Place Invitational, New York
1969, “Prospect”, Düsseldorf, Germany
1970, “The Whitney Museum Annual”, New York
1972, “The History of Silk Screen”, Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia
1972, “Ad Rienhardt/David Prentice” Betty Gold Gallery, Los Angeles
1975, “Seven Americans” Gallery Etienne Causans, Paris, France
1978, “Drawing Shows” Baum/Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
1988, Bell Gallery, New York
1989, “American Festival”, Highland Resort Hotel, Fujiyoshida, Japan
1991, Highland Resort Hotel, Fujiyoshida, Japan
1992, Z Gallery, New York
1994, “Natural Enemies” with Robert Julio Bessin, Sapporo, Japan
2004, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York
2005, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York
2009, Gallerie San Giorgio, Portofino, Italy
2009, Natural Blessings with Charles Yoder, sponsored by The Durst Organization
1966, Teuscher Gallery, New York
1970, Sonnabend Gallery, New York
1975, Livingston Iearmonth Gallery, New York
1978, Genesis Gallery, New York
1980, Semaphore Gallery, New York
1990, Gallery Blue planet, Kobe, Japan
1990, Bell Gallery, New York
1991, Kintetsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1991, Japan Newspaper Convention sponsored by Dentsu
1992, Sapporo Park Hotel, Sapporo, Japan
1992, Seibu, Asahikawa, Japan
1993, Wickiser Gallery, New York
1993, Sangetsu Showroom, Nagoya Japan
1993, Mitsukoshi Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
1994, Hirama Gallery, Asahikawa, Japan
1996, Mitsukoshi, Sapporo, Japan
1997, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo
1999, Agama Gallery, New York
1999, Couleurs Gallery, Fujiyoshida, Japan
2000, Shirakaba Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
2002, Shirakaba Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
2005, Shirakaba Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
2006, The Wall Street Journal Building, Sponsored by The Durst Org., New York
2007, The Conde Nast Building, New York
2009, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo
2010, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
2011, Shirakaba Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
2011, Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
2016, GR Gallery, New York
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