Soon after graduating from high school in California, David Provan joined the Navy, where he flew as an airborne recon-naissance operator in Vietnam. After his discharge, he worked as a carpenter, building houses in Japan and, later, practiced Buddhism at Yang Leshöd Monastery in Nepal. Returning to the West, he earned degrees in art and architecture from Yale (B.A.’79) and the Royal College of Art in London (M.A.’81). His years in Asia and his interests in art and design coalesced into a long series of sculptures that often embody the ideas of Buddhism and Taoism as mani-fested in a modernist 21st century design sense.
His work is abstract, but often alludes to the cosmic diagrams or meditation aids of Eastern religions. Provan’s work has been shown in numerous galleries and muse-ums, including Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York; Mindy Oh Gallery, Chicago; Wenger Gallery, Los Angeles; the Fitchburg Art Museum, MA; and the Seoul Metro-politan Museum of Art, Korea. His has completed several public art projects, includ-ing a 200’ installation of kinetic sculptures for the New York City subway, and a de-sign for a series of innovative historical markers for the Municipal Art Society, New York, NY.
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