David Willburn

Born in Fort Stockton, Texas, David Willburn lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier, VT). His work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including Dallas Contemporary (Dallas, Texas), Helmuth Projects (San Diego, CA), University of Art and Design (Helsinki, Finland) Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Union Gallery at University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI) and Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Oregon).


I am most interested in making work that exists at the intersection of craft and fine art, and how within that space I can explore the history of drawing and painting. The process of developing mixed-media collages, embroidered paintings and drawings, and installation projects often begins with photography: items and scenes from my own home are documented then filtered through layers of abstraction as a way of stripping away the “objectness” of things. The remaining fragments and linear compositions are more interesting and loaded with more possibility. In these abstractions I find new narratives, and I look for ways to imbue them with sentimentality—through color, composition, materials and titles.