As far back as memory allows, David Yorke's desire was to become
an artist. Inspired by paintings from his great, great uncle
and encouraged by his family, he went on to receive his formal
art training at the University of Florida, earning a degree
in Advertising Design. Working initially in the field of television
media, he further developed his abilities as an illustrator
while acquiring skill for constructing film sets and props.
After art directing for a time, he eventually left Florida for
the mountains of north Georgia to work as a toy designer and
photographer. Still continuing his passion for painting, he
freelanced as a book illustrator. By this time David had gained
enough versatility as an artist/designer, that the Disney Studios
in Florida hired him in 1995. Working on various projects, he
was later given the opportunity to work on the film "Mulan,"
and eventually found his niche as a full time animation background
painter. Nine years and five films later, the studio was closed
in 2004. For the first time in his career, David decided to
leave the corporate art world and become a full-time fine artist.
Having traveled extensively throughout the west over the past
30 years, David has explored, photographed and developed a fascination
with the rugged scenery and people of the west. He regularly
attends period reenactments, posing models for his figurative
works, while combining elements from various locations.
David Yorke was chosen as one of the "Ten Artists to Watch
in 2008" by Southwest Art Magazine. He has a feature
article in the April 2008 issue of Western Art Collector
Magazine. He has also been recognized by the National Park
Academy of the Arts and has been included in their top 100,
200 and Miniature Landscape Exhibitions, also receiving an Award
of Merit in 2003. His paintings were part of the "Masters
of the American West" exhibition at the Autry National
Center in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
"Prayer to the Buffalo" New Oil by David Yorke,
"Dark Day on the Plains"
Oil by David Yorke, 22"x60" $32,000
"Profile of a Warrior" New Oil by David Yorke,
24"x18" (Work in Progress)
"Young Sioux Woman" Oil
by David Yorke, 12"x9" $2,400
"The Final Touch" Giclee Canvas Print by David
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