About David Marion

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South Carolina native, David Marion, is a natural born artist. Currently residing in Richmond, VA, Marion has a creative way of storytelling through his colorful and thematic paintings. At an early age he found his artistic gift and developed a passion for creating. As a graduate of Hampton University, with a Bachelors degree in Architecture, he always found time to continue following his passion and practicing his craft.  Using oil as his medium of choice he has specialized in figurative art and portraiture for over a decade. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, South Carolina, and Virginia and is on his way to becoming a nationally recognized artist. 

Having a strong interest in giving back to the community David Marion, along with his wife Tiara, created the Liberated Flow Charity Art Gala which focuses on helping non-profit organizations by using art as a catalyst for change to spread awareness and raising funds to assist in their mission.  David was also the featured “official poster” artist for the RVA 2nd Street Festival from 2015-2018.  He was also an artist selected for the RVA Community Makers to create a painting honoring a living community figure to be displayed in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in 2021. 

 

David Marion draws inspiration from his own life experiences and tries to make a statement with every piece that he creates.  Through his art he depicts positive themes of black life, family and struggle of being black in America.  Art has become a platform to voice his views of the world and also tell his story. “Art is such a powerful tool of communication and my overall goal is to give my testimony through art; in hopes that it can further inspire someone else or help them to realize the true gifts that are within them”.

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Photography by Jason Williams (JSnapsVA)

CV / Resume

EDUCATION:

Hampton University, Hampton, VA - B.A. Architecture   2005

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

  • 8th Annual Heritage Celebration, presented by Kawaida Gallery International, The Marquee, Richmond, VA, 2009

  • 10th Annual Heritage Celebration, presented by Kawaida Gallery International, The Double Tree Hotel, Richmond, VA, 2011

  • Black History Art Show – Presented by Pulliam Innovative Consulting Firm, Richmond, VA, 2012

  • RVA Grooves Art Infusion Concert Series (May 11th and June 22nd), The Hippodrome Theater, Richmond, VA, 2012

  • 2nd Street Festival Art Unveiling (Featured Artist Commissioned to Create Event Poster), Richmond, VA, 2015

  • In Search Of…, Richmond City Library, Dooley Foyer Gallery, Richmond, VA 2016

  • 2nd Street Festival Art Unveiling (Featured Artist Commissioned to create event poster), Richmond, VA, 2016

  • 2nd Street Festival Art Unveiling (Featured Artist Commissioned to create event poster), Richmond, VA, 2017

  • 2nd Street Festival Art Unveiling (Featured Artist Commissioned to create 30th annual event poster), Richmond, VA; 2018

  • Arts in Healthcare Solo Exhibition presented by VCU Health, Gateway Gallery, Richmond, VA 2018

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (* - indicates Corporate Sponsor Exhibits):

  • Watermelon Festival Live Art Show, Heroes & Ghosts, Richmond, VA, 2009

  • 7 degrees Art Showcase (First Friday Art walk), Harlem Café, Richmond, VA, 2009

  • Juneteenth Exhibition, Art 6 Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2010

  • 4th Annual Square Foot Exhibition, The Galaxie Gallery, Chicago IL, 2010

  • 1st Annual Art Festival, Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, Richmond, VA, 2010

  • Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, I.P. Stanback Museum, Orangeburg, SC, 2010

  • Glide Skateboard Splinters, Henry Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2010

  • * Pearls of Wisdom: Black Families and the Nobility of Everyday Living, The Black History Museum of VA, Richmond, VA, 2011 (sponsored by Altria)

  • Music is Life, Williamsburg Music Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

  • Art Showcase, Richmond City Hall, Richmond, VA, 2011

  • 2012 New Power Generation National Exhibition, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA, 2012 – 2013

  • Art by Architects, Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond, VA, 2013

  • 9th Annual Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn NY, 2013 - 2014

  • Who We Aren’t, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL, 2014

  • Sneakers on a Wire, The ARTisan Café, Richmond, VA, 2014

  • Isn’t She Lovely, Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, Richmond, VA, 2015

  • * Collections, SunTrust Art Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2015

  • The Men Have Spoken, Walton Gallery, Petersburg, VA, 2015

  • * Summertime at SunTrust, SunTrust Art Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2015

  • 2016 New Power Generation National Exhibition, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA, 2016

  • To Sir With Love, Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, Richmond, VA, 2016

  • Fruit of Our Labor, Capital One West Creek, Glen Allen, VA, 2017

  • Let the Light Shine Bright, Main Street Gallery via The Walton Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2018

  • The Art of Freedom, The Black History Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 2019

  • Black History Exhibition, Capital One West Creek, Glen Allen, VA, 2019

  • National Arts Program Juried Exhibition, VCU Health Gateway Galley, Richmond, VA, 2019 (Awarded 1st place in Professional Painting Category)

  • National Arts Program Juried Exhibition, VCU Health Gateway Galley, Richmond, VA, 2020 (Awarded Best is Show)

  • *  RVA Community Makers,  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 2021

  • Richmond: Capital of ________, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA, 2021

  • National Arts Program Juried Exhibition, VCU Health Gateway Galley, Richmond, VA, 2021 (Awarded 2nd place in Professional Painting Category)

  

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Richmond Free Press, Vol. 20 No. 5, Section B, February 3-5, 2011.

  • Richmond Free Press, Focus on Richmond, Vol. 20 No. 8, Section A, February 24, 2011

  • Richmond Times Dispatch, The Nobility of Everyday, Section E6, Sunday, March 6, 2011

  • Black History Museum, Artwork used for the cover of all Marketing material for the Pearls of Wisdom Exhibition.

  • Hampton University, Artwork used for the cover of marketing material for the New Power Generation Exhibition.

  • Style Weekly, Artwork used for the promotion of the “Sneakers on a Wire” art show, March 4, 2014 (web and print)

  • Grid Magazine, Jul/Aug 2014 Issue, Photo included for “Building a Better Block” article on pg. 11 /Artwork shown on pg. 30

 

MEDIA EXPOSURE:

 

PERFORMANCE ART:

  • “Work of Art”, The Light Community Church, Live art produced on stage during sermon, Richmond, VA, 2010

  • “Better Block RVA Project”, Live Art during community outreach project, Richmond, VA, 2014

  • “RVA Fall Line Fest”, Gallery 5, Live Art, Richmond, VA, 2014

  • “Easter Service Performance Art Mural”, SPBC Creighton Campus, Live Art Mural Installation on Stage, Richmond, VA 2019

  • “September Edition of Richmond Night Market”, 17th Street Market, (Produced live mural to commemorate partnership of Afrikana Film Festival and The Richmond Night Market), Richmond, VA 2019

  • "Her Flowers", The Valentine Museum, Live Art produced for the 5th Annual Afrikana Film Festival, Richmond, VA 2020

 

TEACHING:

  • Art 180, Richmond, VA – Co-Facilitator, Urban Development and Design Class (Rebuilding Jackson Ward)  Jan 2014 – April 2014

 

WORK IN RETAIL SPACE / CONSIGNMENT:

  • Pulliam Consulting Firm, Richmond, VA – Select artwork on permanent display, 2012-2015

  • The Artisan Café, Richmond, VA – Select Artwork on Display for Purchase in Private Owned Retail Space, Jan. 2014 – Feb. 2015

  • Sheep Hill Bistro, Richmond, VA - Select Artwork on Display for Purchase in Private Owned Restaurant, June 2019 - Dec. 2019

 

ARTIST CREDITS / ILLUSTRATIONS:

  • “More than a dream” Novel by Patricia L. Mills, Cover Art produced by David Marion Green, Publisher Xlibris, April 2006

  • “Caught Up” Novel by Patricia L. Mills, Cover Art produced by David Marion Green, Publisher Xlibris, April 2010

  • ReTyped.org – Visual and Graphic Artist

  • “A Little R and R” Daily Devotional by Pastor Kimberly Ridley, Cover Art produced by David Marion, Publisher Xlibris, 2016

  • “I See You and You See Me” Children’s Book by Charnora Reid, Full Illustration by David Marion, July 2016

 

EVENTS / PHILANTHROPY:

  • Inaugural Liberated Flow Charity Art Gala, Hofheimer Event Venue, Richmond, VA, Dec. 2019 (hosted, created and curated art for the event)

  • Liberated Flow Charity Art Auction, Virtual Art Auction via Event Gives, Richmond, VA, Dec. 2020 (hosted, created and curated art for the event)

 

AWARDS:

  • 14th Annual National Arts Program Juried Exhibition, 1st Place in Professional Painting Category, VCU Health, Richmond, VA, 2019

  • 15th Annual National Arts Program Juried Exhibition, Best in Show, VCU Health, Richmond, VA, 2020

  • 16th Annual National Arts Program Juried Exhibition, 2nd Place in Professional Painting Category, VCU Health, Richmond, VA, 2021

 

SPEAKING:

  • Richmond Region of the Scholastic Art + Writing Awards Ceremony 2021 - Selected as Event Keynote Speaker, Feb. 2021