An East End mainstay since 1979, artist David Demers creates conceptual canvases filled with positive energy.
David Demers and one of his recent paintings inspired by the natural beauty of the Hamptons. “It’s all about flow and positive energy,” he says.
“My art is sort of graffitiesque meets Asian calligraphy,” says East Hampton artist David Demers, who is known for his large conceptual canvases. “It’s all about flow and positive energy. I want my paintings to be positive and inspiring and not ask any questions.” A part-time resident of the East End from 1979 until moving here full-time 12 years ago, Demers has always been enamored of abstract images and shapes. Much of his work is influenced by nature and the beauty of the Hamptons—from the ocean and beaches to the vibrant colors throughout the area. His current series of “vibrational” paintings has a water theme. In addition to painting, Demers has begun working in experimental photography, employing undeveloped vintage film and a handmade pinhole camera to create one-of-a-kind prints (some of which are now on display at the Comerford Collection in Bridgehampton). “The film all has a history of where it’s been kept—who kept it in their basement—and I like to see the story unfold as the film is exposed to light,” he says. “The colors change into different variations, and different effects take place. What starts as an organic blob becomes a decipherable and poignant image. It allows you to unleash your imagination.” Demers shows his work at the gallery Golden Eagle and as part of the Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition. Golden Eagle, 79 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 324-0603;Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, 324-0806