David Driesbach






Spectacles, Top hats and Ties

In 2014-15, Minot State University received a remarkable donation from the internationally known printmaker, David Driesbach. Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, is sponsoring a number of these artworks in a traveling exhibition entitled, Spectacles, Top hats and Ties

David Driesbach has been an exhibiting artist since 1949 and an educator from 1952 to 1991. He has studied with Mauricio Lasansky and Stanley William Hayter. He has exhibited in over 250 one-man shows and a very large number of national and international juried and invitational exhibitions and workshops.

David has a lifetime of artistic endeavors and is well respected as an educator who instilled strong artistic commitments in a large impressive group of students. He is an internationally known expert and innovator in the printmaking field who helped to create technical advances in color viscosity printing.

A bespectacled top-hatted man holding a wine glass while pedaling a bicycle at night under a crescent moon. A chandelier mysteriously suspended from the sky-an open window with lace curtains billowing white against brick walls. Someone playing a violin. Greek columns, neckties, billboards with enigmatic images, light bulbs and candles-these and many other strange objects and happenings crowd my space and continue a compulsion to create etchings and lithographs.

“I have always admired the prints and drawings of Picasso, Chagall, and Ernst. In artists like Albrect Durer and the Northern Renaissance painters like Van Eyck, Bouts, and Bosch I am fascinated by their microscoptic detail. I am compelled by the brutish naivety of much Medieval Art-their architecture, illuminated manuscripts and iconography. Being primarily a printmaker, technique has always been my obsession.” - DD

Touring Schedule

1. James Memorial Art Center                                        September 1 - 25, 2017
    621 1st Avenue West
    Williston, ND 58802

2. University of Mary                                                       October 1 - 31, 2017
    Welder Library
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504

3. The Art Center                                                            Nov 9, 2017 - Dec 9, 2017
    115 2nd Street SW
    Jamestown, ND 58402

4. OPEN                                                                          January - July, 2018

5. Bismarck State College                                               August 15 - September 30, 2018
   1500 Edwards Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58501