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David Rush
Byram Township, NJ

Artwork Details
4th of July
Watercolor on cold pressed paper
22" x 28"

"I have been painting for over fifty years using a variety of mediums and techniques.  My past and present experiences as an artist have been profound.  As a result, I instinctively, almost unconsciously, paint stories from my life that tell of an event, person, or place giving the onlooker a visual palette that evokes excitement, thought, and imagination," says David John Rush.

Mr. Rush studied at the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, under Norman Rockwell, Albert Dorne, Peter Helk, Rudy DeRenya, and other famous artists.  He earned a BFA Degree from the Newark School of Fine & Industrial Art.  He studied with Weingaertner, Samuel Brecher, Hannes Beckmann of Bauhaus fame, Leo Dee, Otto Hula, James Carlin and Annie Lennie. After going to the Maryland Institute College of Art to get a degree in Technical Vocational Occupations, he became a New Jersey Certified Teacher and was an instructor at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts from 1965-1971.  He later taught at Montclair State University, William Paterson University, and Sussex County Community College.

Museum shows include Newark Museum, Larry Aldridge Museum, New Jersey State Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Rush's association with Hannes Beckmann led to the introduction of Josef Albers, and in 1967 Albers invited him to come to his home and work with him during the summer.  This union led to the friendship between Ben Cunningham, Charles Smith, Beckmann, Albers, and Rush.  All were involved with the "gestalt study of color."  Rush created all the color plates for the book, "The Student Handbook of Color," a text on color theory for students, written by Charles N. Smith and published by Reinhold in 1964.  Rush is known internationally and has painted in Maine, Paris and parts of Europe. He continues to paint daily and is currently active in exhibiting and teaching.  Mr. Rush is a New Jersey resident.

Mr. Rush will be showing his work at:


Sussex Community College, The Performing Arts Center

One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ

Fall 2012


New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo

132 Evergreen Road, Edison, NJ

June 2012 - July 2012


Chester Library

July 2013