M. David Aidala is a Florida painter who relocated from San Francisco. Early on, he took a liking to the urban scene, with its thronged streets and random faces, and this theme is his point of departure for painterly exploration. Marrying a stately line to a sultry palette, Aidala takes inspiration from the 19th-century French Impressionist painters of Paris, but suffuses his paintings with the vivid colors of the German Expressionists.
His painting take the viewer along a trail. In some places, the viewer glides over large flat fields of monochrome; in others, he or she proceeds along narrow paths of intricate painting. The viewer hovers over mosaic tiles and gleaming jewel inlays shimmering under glazes. Eschewing crabbed or jagged forms, Aidala prefers to pursue an elegant roundness of expression. In each painting, he slows and suspends the urban cavalcade into a timeless frieze.
Dr. Susan Landauer, art historian and curator