I draw inspiration from the universal narratives of the human experience



Meet The Artist

David Riley is a gallery artist, portrait painter and illustrator. His painting is inspired by the universal narratives of the human condition and emotion. David works primarily in oil, contrasting contemporary color fields and abstract space with traditional handling of the human form. He uses color harmonies to showcase emotion and the vibrancy of life. His work frequently illustrates themes of emotional and spiritual growth.

David’s portraits balance expression and realism, showcasing the quintessential aspects of personality and likeness. He enjoys the collaborative process of portrait painting and bringing his client’s visions into reality.

David has a BFA and MFA in Fine Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award. After a ten year career in illustration and teaching for Colorado Mesa University, he and his family now live in Utah, where he teaches and paints. David is the owner and primary instructor at Open Air Art Space.

David Riley has recently been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's Annual Salon, Oil Painter's of America National Juried Exhibition, and was in the top 100 finalists in London's BP Portrait Award.

Selected publications

Western Art Collector Magazine, January 2024
Cowboys and Indians Magazine, June 2023, Featured Article
Western Art Collector Magazine, April, 2021, "Capturing Spirit"
Western Art & Architecture, December, 2021, Artist Spotlight
Western Art Collector Magazine, February 2020, "Eye to Eye"
Southwest Art Magazine, December, 2020, "An Arresting Experience"