David Forlano


Music, light and color are three key components in my paintings.  In April, 2012 I was included in an exhibition at The New Mexico Museum of Art where I introduced a  new series of small “hard edge” paintings.  The overlapping shapes and lines in these works are built from a four part polyrhythmic dot map over a grid. The ordering of these dots and connecting lines translate to a visual continuity in this series of over 700 hard edge shapes. I am currently working with different system which tie these shapes to the grid as a way of structured composition. From here to the finish of the painting is a journey of free improvisation.  My approach to the paint, color and attention to surface is open to intuitive and emotional choices while staying anchored to the determined structure of the grid.

HISTORY and EDUCATION  (David Forlano)

1964 Born, Charleston, SC

1980 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (painting)           

1986 BFA, Painting, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and Rome       

1988 - present   Full time jeweler and painter.

Current Resident, Santa Fe, NM

* special note - My studio activity over the past 25 years as a painter has been private study and I have not pursued public representation until 2010. While a few pieces have been included in group shows between 2011 and 2012 this is a limited CV for my work as a painter. I am currently building a body of work and establishing gallery and museum contacts. This CV, primarily, represents my professional activities as a jeweler in collaboration with fellow artist, Steve Ford.

RESUME/ CURRICULUM VITAE for David Forlano 2010-12

2011 Victory For Tyler; Alumni Exhibition Series (group show), Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia , PA                                                                                                                        2011  Waxing Poetic (group show), Nichols Berg Gallery, Philadelphia, PA                    

 2012  Alcove 12.1 (group show), New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

RESUME/ CURRICULUM VITAE for Ford/Forlano Art Jewelry

AWARDS (partial listing)

2008  Award of Excellence, American Crafts Council (also 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005)    2006  Fuller Museum Purchase Craft Show                                                                   

2005 Brodin Artistic Expression Award                                                                                      

2004/2006  Gold Award, Smithsonian Craft Show                                                            

2003/2004  Best of Show, Craft Boston

2002  Best of Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

EXHIBITIONS (partial listing)

2011             Terra Nova, Racine Art Museum, Racine,WI                                                          

2009             Sculpting Color: Works in Polymer Clay, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton,             MA                                                                                                                              Wrought and Crafted: Jewelry and Metalwork 1900-Present, Philadelphia             Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2008   Neoteric Matter, Long Beach Island Foundation, LBI, NJ                                    

2007  Jewelry by Artists: The Daphne Farago Collection, Museum of Fine Arts,             Boston,MA                                                                                                                                      2006   Organica (solo), Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH, Ford and Forlano, Mobilia             Gallery, Cambridge, MA                                                                                                   2005   Multiple Palettes/Varied Vision, White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, ORMagnificent                                                                                                        Extravagance, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI 2004 Ford/Forlano            

(solo), Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ                                                                                               

Not for the Faint of Heart, Facere Jewelry Art, Seattle, WA                                                     

The Body Adorned, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, KY        

 2003   Adornment, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Colour, International Metalsmith Exhibition Center, Albuquerque, NM                               

A Fetish For Surface, University Place Art Center, Lincoln, NE                                          

One & Only, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (partial listing)

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

MA DesignMUSEO, Helsinki, Finland                                                                         

Museum of Art & Design,New York, NY                                                                          

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Newark Art Museum, Newark, NJ                                                                        

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia,                                                                        

PA Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

PUBLICATIONS (partial listing)

Terra Nova, Racine Art Museum, 2011                                                                             

 Masters: Polymer Clay, Lark Books, 2010

Makers: A History of American Studio Crafts, Metcalf & Koplos, 2010

Cover article, Ornament, 2006

Challenging the Chatelaine, Helsinki design Museum 2006

500 Necklaces, Lark Books, 2006

Review of exhibition at Gallery Materia, American Craft, June/July, 2004

Ford + Forlano, Serendipitous Structure, Marjorie Simon, Metalsmith, Winter 2003 Artist’s Statement, Ornament, Fall 2001

City Zen Masters, Lapidary Journal, December 1998

Exhibition in Print, Bruce Metcalf, Metalsmith, 1997