David R. Prentice

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David R. Prentice was born in Hartford, Connecticut and moved to New York when he was twenty years-old, after attending Hartford Art School from 1962-1964. In his early career, he assisted in the studios of some of the greatest painters and artists who have ever lived. Prentice was a studio assistant for Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Malcolm Morley, Alexander Liberman, and began his career at The Factory, Andy Warhol’s studio. He was a master at stretching canvases due to his background in woodworking and construction. After leaving his NoHo loft in 2019, Prentice has become a resident of the world, now more than ever. He currently splits his time between Davie, Florida; Manhattan; Hokkaido, Japan, and exploring global, unchartered cities hoping to find a subject to paint. His wife, Shinko, was an incredible Japanese woman who operated to perfection the business side of his artwork. Because of her exceptional business acumen, Prentice was able to solidify himself in many prominent galleries in Japan. Together they spent six months each in Hokkaido, Japan and Manhattan. Prentice learned to speak fluent Japanese and is especially impressive when ordering for the table at a Japanese restaurant. Shinko suddenly passed away in 2016. She was his everything and he strives to honor her memory every day. For anyone who has lost a loved one understands the difficulty of moving forward when a piece of you has been left behind. The Complete Archive of David R. Prentice is dedicated to Shinko, as she continues to be his north star.

“To me, Art that does not provide nourishment or reflect spirituality in some way, is a waste of time.”

Prentice with Moon Flag in his former studio at 654 Broadway in New York City

Group Shows

1967, Park Place Invitational, New York
1969, “Prospect”, Düsseldorf, Germany
1970, “The Whitney Museum Annual”, New York
1972, “The History of Silk Screen”, Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia
1972, “Ad Rienhardt/David Prentice” Betty Gold Gallery, Los Angeles
1975, “Seven Americans” Gallery Etienne Causans, Paris France
1978, “Drawing Shows” Baum/Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
1988, Bell Gallery, New York
1989, “American Festival”, Highland Resort Hotel, Fujiyoshida, Japan
1991, Highland Resort Hotel, Fujiyoshida, Japan
1992, Z Gallery, New York
1994, “Natural Enemies” with Robert Julio Bessin, Sapporo, Japan
2004, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York
2005, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York
2009, Gallerie San Giorgio, Portofino, Italy
2009, Natural Blessings with Charles Yoder, sponsored by The Durst Organization

Museum and Corporate Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Yale University, New Haven Connecticut
Grey Gallery New York University, New York
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Connecticut
Rhom Hass Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York
Crescent Hotel, Asahikawa, Japan
Kirama hospital, Asahikawa, Japan
Royce Confect, Sapporo, Japan
The Grand Hotel, Ashikawa City, Japan

Solo Exhibitions

1966, Teuscher Gallery, New York
1970, Sonnabend Gallery, New York
1975, Livingston Iearmonth Gallery, New York
1978, Genesis Gallery, New York
1980, Semaphore Gallery, New York
1990, Gallery Blue planet, Kobe, Japan
1990, Bell Gallery, New York
1991, Kintetsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1991, Japan Newspaper Convention sponsored by Dentsu
1992, Sapporo Park Hotel, Sapporo, Japan
1992, Seibu, Asahikawa, Japan
1993, Wickiser Gallery, New York
1993, Sangetsu Showroom, Nagoya Japan
1993, Mitsukoshi Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
1994, Hirama Gallery, Asahikawa, Japan
1996, Mitsukoshi, Sapporo, Japan
1997, Mitsukoshi Nihon Bashi, Tokyo, Japan
1999, Agama Gallery, New York
1999, Couleurs Gallery, Fujiyoshida, Japan
2000, Shirakaba Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
2002, Shirakaba Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
2005, Shirakaba Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
2006, The Wall Street Journal Building, Sponsored by The Durst Org., New York
2007, The Conde Nast Building, New York
2009, Mitsukoshi Nihon Bashi
2010, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
2011 Shirakaba Gallery, Sapporo, Japan October
2011 Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
2016, GR Gallery, New York